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    wipe on poly

    if you have used this before, how many coats did you put on?

    i am finishing my bamboo cabinets with minwax wipe on and i am on the 3rd coat. sanded after 2 coats. i think it looks good with three. is 3 coats enough of this stuff?

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    Just me, but I usually go to 5, though I have gone to 7 once or twice for high use items like a table top. After the second coat I switch to 0000 steel wool between coats.
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    I use wipe on poly a lot. I started with the stuff that you can buy from Minwax and, more recently, have been making my own. I usually use three coats but have used as many as 5.
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    thanks rennie.

    ok frank, i'll bite, how do you make your own? thin it?

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    The usual mix is about 50% varnish and 50% mineral spirits and the rule of thumb is three coats of wiping varnish equals one coat brushed. The neat thing about mixing your own is you can tweak the amounts to suit the project. Although I am sure no one except me is interested but you can also save some money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Mire View Post
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    ok frank, i'll bite, how do you make your own? thin it?
    I mix 3 parts Watco or Deft Danish oil (uncoloured) with one part oil-based varnish (such as Helmsman). With this, I wipe it off immediately and usually apply 5 coats. I thank Hendrik Varju for this formula and technique.
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    I've had good luck with 50% poly and 50% naphtha. Got that recipe from a finisher by the name of Jim that used to post on WOOD finishing forum. I used about 3-5 coats.

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    Like Royall, I've used a 50/50 (or 1/1) mix of poly and naphtha. I've also used other combinations depending on what I was doing. Other combos are:
    BLO/Naphtha/Poly - 1/1/1
    Poly/Naphtha - 1/2 and 1/3
    BLO/Naphtha - 1/1, 1/2 or 1/3

    Various combos for specific situations.
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    where is a good source for naptha? i have some but my source is gone. it was used in a press for clean up.
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    I spotted some at HD last week. It was over in the paint department. ACE had it too.

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