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    New way to do wipe on poly

    Doing a project with a clock temp gauge and about mid way through I stumbled onto a new way to put on Minwax wipe on poly. Usually I cut small pieces of T-shirt to put this stuff on, I use rubber gloves etc...always had a problem with runs, wipe marks, lint, you name it which required lots of sanding between coats. Today, just on a lark, I got to thinking some times I use my shop towels (the paper blue ones) to put on stain, so why not use it for wipe on poly...OMG...this is the only way I am ever gonna do wipe on again. Don't need gloves cause you just need to dip a small bunch of the paper towel into the poly, I have always used a three inch pvc end cap to hold my poly, works great after a while you just take a screw driver and pop out the build up, poly won't stick to pvc..haha...I took the blue shop towel sheet, bunched it up and dipped it into the poly cup and wiped it onto my project...this went on SSOOOO SMoooth..it was shocking, better then spray on actually, I was shocked, had to pass this on... took some pics, not sure if they really convey just how smooth this went on...no bubbles, no lint, no brush marks, nothing just a SMOOTH layer of wipe on poly, didn't need gloves, cause just the bunched up part of the towel is wet, no need to follow the grain of the wood, just wipe it on any which way, it goes on so smooth, doesn't matter, no over runs, the paper seems to meter out just what is needed. Some times the things that seem like stupid is the best way to do things...lol


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    Thanks Mark - I use wipe on poly often. I will have to give this a try.
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    Dang, that has to be the tip of the month !!!!!!!!!
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    Great tip Mark. There is a small table in my garage/shop waiting to be completed. Your tip sounds good. How does that work out on vertical surfaces?

    Bill

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    I had picked up on that tip somewhere else some time back, and they are all I ever use (now). Having the same problems with cloth rags that you did they are a great alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by william watts View Post
    Great tip Mark. There is a small table in my garage/shop waiting to be completed. Your tip sounds good. How does that work out on vertical surfaces?

    Bill
    Works just as well, my little clock thing sits at a 20 degree angle off the base and it looks great, no drips or runs, I think with the shop towel it only allows a thin even coat, the paper sucks up any excess, works great, and seems to meter out the rest evenly. I used Scott blue paper towel rolls you get at Lowes, but I assume any blue shop towel will work. Haven't tried it on a big project yet, so don't know how well the paper towels hold up, when I used them for staining, they held up quite well, so I assumed it will with this as well. Stated using them for staining when I watched the Charles Neil's videos, he used them, and started buying his products. What I like most about this, is not having to work with the grain, like you do with just about any other method, except spraying. Just slap it on with the paper towel any old way, doesn't make any difference because it doesn't leave any hint of streaking..just a smooth thin coat...still amazes me...lol

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    That's a great tip, thanks for sharing. I plan on trying that.
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    Wipe on poly is my go to finish... I use it almost every thing I turn... I also use the T-shirt and gloves, sanding between coats method...
    I'm on my way to Lowe's on Thursday - after breakfast with some friends - to pick up some pieces for a kitchen cart/chopping block table for the missus... I'll pick up a roll of the show towels and give that a try.

    I generally try to wipe the application pretty dry, but the towels might solve the problem of having the applicator saturated. Good hint thanks.
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    Thanks Mark. Whenever the elves complete the table that sets in my shop I will use your tip. Seriouesly, I'm working on the drawers and top. When completed the weather should better for finishing. Every now and then my wife ask's " are you done with my table yet".


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    What's the best way to dispose of used towels? Any safety issues ?

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