The Pros & Cons of Wipe-On Poly
You can coat a project in less than half the time it takes to brush on a finish.
Unlike brushing, wiping on a flawless coat of poly doesn’t require skill or an expensive brush. DUST TOLERANT. Because the coating is thin and dries fast, “nubs” caused by airborne dust are much less likely. That makes it great for on-site finishing.
NO CLEANUP. Just dispose of the cloth, container and gloves. No brush to clean!
EXPENSIVE. On average, wipe-on poly costs twice as much as brush-on poly.
SLOW BUILD. As a rule, it takes three coats of wipeon to match the buildup that you get from one coat of brush-on poly. That said, the speed of wipe-on application often makes up for those extra coats.