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Posted by Steve: on August 31st, 2001 09:02 AM
In reply to Water-base Varathane by Pat Devine on August 31st, 2001 08:16 AM [Go to top of thread]

I like water based poly because it does not yellow the wood and the drying time is so fast, I can put three coats on the material in the same time that oil requires to dry and cure with one coat.

I cannot tell you why steel wool is not recommended. I can only guess that since the vescosity of water based is much thinner than oil, you could actually erase the coats and not gain any forward motion.

I always use 220 grit ove the first coat because of the water causing the wood rise. But also I always use a good quality sand sealer first to cause a continous look in staining. I would only 220 after the first coat and then slowly add the coats on to that.

Keep the dust away even though its water based.

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