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post #1 of 4 Old 07-19-2009, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Polycrylic problem

Using minwax polycrylic over a water based paint. The polycrylic is not self leveling like the oil based finishes I use. First time using a water based topcoat. Does anyone know if it works to thin it a little with water then brush it on with a sponge applicator?
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-19-2009, 09:39 PM
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Waterbased polyurethanes work best when sprayed. Sponge or foam brush applications carry too much air and presents the possibility of bubbles. If you can't spray it, use a good synthetic brush.

On a sample try it without thinning. If you do thin, you could dilute with water 5%-10%, the same as with spraying. You could also add Floetrol to the mix to get better flow out.

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I tried using a good brush. My technique leaves something to be desired though apparently. I never had this problem with the oil products. I looking at a low end HVLP right now. Thanks.
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I have thinned MW Polycrylic.


I only thinned it 3 parts Polycrylic to one part DISTILLED WATER.

BTW - You need to wait about a month to 6 weeks to allow the latex to fully cure before applying the Polycrylic.

You may have better luck with the newer MW Water Based Polyurethane.

When I applied over the latex (Behr from HD) I used a cheap bristle brush from HF.

I think that the trick is to apply the Polycrylic, brush once more to fill in the holidays and STOP. None of the water based finishes take kindly to over brushing.

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