There are no more steps needed. Put on the final coat and leave it alone. No sanding, no buffing, no other finishes needed. Polyurethane is a top coat and needs nothing else.
The manufacturer should advise cure time on the can.Thoughts on cure times? 30 days?
+1. :yes:There are no more steps needed. Put on the final coat and leave it alone. No sanding, no buffing, no other finishes needed. Polyurethane is a top coat and needs nothing else.
+1. :yes: When applying multiple coats, allow each application to cure. If an application is re-coated too soon, it will delay that previous coat from curing.The manufacturer should advise cure time on the can.
Typically a few days for oil based and a couple of weeks for water based. Humidity, temperature, number of coats, etc can vary the times.
IMHO your doing a good job and have protected the wood from just about anything. In the first picture it appears to be very shiny and shows brush marks. However faint, they should be removed or at best made less apparent. I would put some effort into rubbing it out to a less shiny finish. This will level out the brush marks somewhat too.notbobvila said:I'm building a small laptop desk (pine) as a surprise for my girlfriend. This is my first venture into finishing wood. It's going great so far! I Have five coats of minwax clear gloss polyurethane on, it's almost done but I have some questions:
1. After my final coat of poly, how long should I let the pine cure? 30 days for best results?
2. Is any sanding required after the cure?
3. Should I buff & What kind of material is used to buff post cure stage?
4. For the final shine what is best used on minwax clear gloss polyurethane? Varnish, shellac, lacquer?
5. Anything else after the final shine? Are my steps in order, am I missing anything?
Thank you in advance for any advice!