Satin Wipe on Poly Finish Hardness

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  1. bfisch

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    I've been testing satin wipe on poly on a piece of mahogany. I filled the grain first and followed with 10 thin coats of satin wipe on poly, lightly sanding in between with 220 grit. The finish looks quite nice, but can be dented with a finger nail. Does anyone have any experience with wipe on poly, and if so, were you able to achieve a hard finish?
     
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    Yes, I've done 2 guitar bodies, a bench, and a coffee table with wipe-on poly and they all cured to a nice hard finish. Maybe give it 2-3 days before handling it?
     
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    I did a strat body with it, turned out great
     
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    A wipe-on product is very dilute, so you need to do about three applications per what would be normally one coat applied by brushing. There should be no difference in "hardness" one cured...in theory...as long as you build it up to the same level.
     
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    Are you waiting long enough between coats? Is it a Paulonia soft wood body?
    I've been brushing on wipe on finish, even then it still comes out fine.
     
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    Sounds like either you are not giving it the proper 72 hours or so to cure or you have a bad batch. All of the wipe ons and spray poly's I've worked with have dried super hard within the time mentioned on the bottle or can.
     
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    I have excellent results with wipe-on poly with hardener made by Mohawk. The poly is fully hardened in a day. I also use their nitro lacquer, which needs to be sprayed. Both great products.

    Mohawk poly: M603-3016
    Mohawk nitro: M610-1406
     
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