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figured maple bowl, WOP finish

My first attempt at finishing with wipe on poly; initial impression is that getting a uniform smooth result isn't as easy as they imply -- but it didn't come as a surprise

Between coats 1 and 2 I sanded with 320 grit (per the instructions); between 2 and 3, 400 grit; I can't remember how many coats I ended up using, but in the end I gave it a rub with steel wool to try to get a uniform semi-gloss instead of the patchy high-gloss/not-so-high-gloss. Finally gave it some Minwax paste finishing wax.

Is it always like this with WOP finishes? If so, I think I'll just go back to Danish Oil

The figured maple block was from a Rockler clearance sale a few weeks back.
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Nice looking bowl, I think the finish looks great from the pictures.

My experience with WOP is that to get a nice even coat I pour a dab on the surface then spend quite a bit of time rubbing it in like you would an oil, and keep applying a little more until it's got a "wet" look to the wood then set it out for drying. I let it dry over night instead of the 2 hours recommended between coats. I think it takes about 4 to 6 coats to really get a nice finish, but results may vary.

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Nice work. I like how the lip seems to roll in on it and, of course, the figured wood is beautiful.
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I like the WOP better. you get much smoother results and not likely to run at all. It also seems to dry faster then spray...

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The bowl looks great. WOP is fairly easy to use. I sand "lightly" with 600 in between coats. Just enough to ease the roughness of the piece. I usually let it dry overnight to make sure its good and dry. The first 2 coats are kindly thick but the other coats are thin.
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Nice bowl Duncuss,
the maple figure is very nice. I like the wipe on poly. The first coat when dry will look lousy. After the second coat things even out and you start to build a good film. After a number of coats, you have a very durable surface. Nothing wrong with the danish oil either. Two different looks.
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nice bowl
i love the rim
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thanks again for your kind comments and for tips to get the best from the WOP

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It usually takes me about 3 to 5 coats to get the look I want. I sand to 400 grit minimum for the first coat, usually 600 grit. that seems to help. then I steel wool with 4/0 between coats.
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I really like that bowl. I was never very big on them. But seeing yours makes me want to get a lathe and learn how.

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I have had the same issues with wipe on poly.

I am starting to gravitate back to the oil type finishes. If I have to have a hard glossy coat, I use Minwax Helmsman Glossy Finish in the spray can. I have had great results with that.

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figured maple bowl, WOP finish

Fine looking job there,you done well

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That's a beauty!
Fine effort.

I've found that it takes several coats of WOP to fill the end-grain areas...
But, it seems that way with all finishes that I use.

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Thanks again for your tips and your kind words.

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I really like that bowl. I was never very big on them. But seeing yours makes me want to get a lathe and learn how.
Honestly, I think this is the highest compliment anyone has ever given me. "Thank you" seems inadequate.

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