The Pros & Cons of Wipe-On Poly

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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.

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