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Applying polyurethane to a vertical surface?

I have built a set of free standing pantries. Each is about 3' wide, 2 feet deep and 6' tall made out of a combination of 3/4" maple plywood and maple hardwood. I have them all stained and they look ...
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Refinish Sections of Hardwood at a Time

The most feasible method of finishing all the hardwood in the home I am living in is one room at a time. The rooms all connect to a hallway. Will there be an ugly area (if I do one room's hardwood ...
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Can wallpaper be coated with a protective finish?

I want to use wallpaper as the decorative top to some nightstands I plan on making. The wallpaper by itself would probably not last too long especially with cups/glasses being set on them frequently. ...
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Polyurethane Curing - will blue tape or dropcloths damage it?

I just sanded, stained, and polyurethaned the floors in a house I am refinishing. I put on 2 coats of Ultra-Fast Drying Polyurethane for Hardwood Floors on Monday, surface sanded and added a 3rd coat ...
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Does oil-based polyurethane have any residual toxicity past setting?

Oil-based polyurethane reportedly has some toxicity during application, but it is easier to apply and provides a superior finish compared to water-based polyurethane. This means that while I may get ...
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Polyurethane “separating” on table top

Refinishing my kitchen table. The process so far: strip, sand (progressively moving through the grits), condition, stain, finish, sand,'finish again. Any ideas as to why a coat of Oil-based ...
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Is a “painting pad / sponge square” indeed the way to get a smooth wood surface after applying polyurethane?

My last polyurethane finishing experiment failed. I applied fast-drying Varathane to 3/4" maple plywood shelves. They were very finely finished before applying the polyurethane, and became very rough ...
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How hard should water based polyurethane get?

I made a farmhouse table and stained it with Rust-oleum water based stain and then use the Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane on top. I have let the table sit out in the garage for a week to cure, ...
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Is this red oak or white oak hardwood flooring?

I am planning to change a room that has laminate flooring to a room that has 3/4" hardwood flooring. The rest of the adjacent rooms and hallways all have hardwood flooring 3/4". Initially I planned ...
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Paint vs polyurethane durability

For an indoor project that is likely to get bumped, knocked, etc. (e.g., door or window casing, cabinets, built-in bookshelves, etc.), should one expect that a good quality paint will resist chipping ...
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How best to remove fumes after applying polyurethane in a hardwood refinishing project?

I understand that oil based polyurethane used to refinish hardwood floors has a strong fumes and can stay for days. I also understand that opening the doors and letting air flow can help remove the ...
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Can I use 0000 steel wool to remove streaks in my polyurethane finish?

Can I use 0000 steel wool to make a better uniform finish?
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streaks in polyurethane finish on freshly stained farm table

I applied too much polyurethane finish on newly stained wood farm table while applying third coat. I tried sanding with 220 grit and applying a 4th coat but there are still very visible streaks. ...
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polyurethane drips

I have a small study that has wood panels on the wall and was probably put up when the house was built in 1961 (probably pine) They have either been stained cherry, or they have just discolored over ...
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How can I remove scratches in polyurethane?

My husband and I have been building a farm table and we are oh-so-close to being done, but we are having issues in the final coats of polyurethane on the top. Here's a rundown: We stained the wood ...
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How do I avoid taking off the finish at the corners when sanding between coats?

I just refinished a dresser with a tinted poly finish to roughly match the other wood tones in its new room. I didn't do the greatest job in many aspects - it was my first experience with poly and I ...
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Can I follow shellac with polyurethane (water-based or oil)?

I just finished building kitchen cabinets out of African mahogany. I am ready to finish the project and I would really like to not screw it up. I'm wanting to use an oil-base penetrating stain and ...
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Dust after staining and poly advice

Two questions: How should I prepare for applying poly to new stain? I am refinishing a wood veneer table top. I stripped it back to the wood, and I have stained it with Old Masters Wiping Stain, ...
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Can I apply polyurethane to new engineered hardwood floors?

I just laid new engineered Maple 5/8in hardwood floors. They have a dull look. Can I polyurethane them?
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How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane?

I have applied 3 coats of poly so far. I'd like to smooth out the surface before the final coat. What type of sander should I use: Square Buff Floor Sander , Random Orbit Floor Sander , or just a ...
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Concrete caulk vs expanding polyurethane crack sealant

I'm starting to finish my basement. First step is sealing up some various places water has come in over the years. I've already fixed grading outside, but also want to seal inside. I have one crack ...
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Should I wax or polyurethane an old pine floor?

I found another question that sort of asks this, but the answers don't provide any detail. We bought a 1918 house in somewhat rough shape. The second floor (with two bedrooms and a nursery when we'...
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Stain, poly, cut… What order should I use when installing window trim?

This is my first carpentry project where 'looks matter'… I recently installed a new window in my living room, and it's now time to trim out the interior. The other windows in the house have simple ...
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Strong wood coating?

I made a magnetic knife holder out of wood and coated with Arm-r-Seal oil urethane but after 3 days of curing it seems it'll get beat up too fast. What's the strongest I could use? Is this a good ...
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Refinishing chop block counter top

I have bought my first house. I am DIYing my kitchen renovation. I have chop block countertops from IKEA and an undermount stainless steel kitchen sink. I know its not wise to undermount with a wood ...
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Can thinned water based polyurethane be used for blotch control?

And if so, what to use as a thinner (water?) and in what proportions and how to apply? My specific problem: I have some unfinished pine 1x4s (an aquarium stand) I need to stain for color and cover ...
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Source for PU / PVC Fabric / Textile Coatings [closed]

[NOTE: If you find this off topic, please, please recommend somewhere where I should ask. I'm really having trouble locating this. Thanks.] I'm trying to find a retail (i.e. small unit sales, not ...
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Why is a new coat of polyurethane tacky?

I have an interior door that had stain and polyurethane on it from 10 years ago. I didn't sand it down i just applied a new coat of polyurethane and now I have tacky places that won't dry. How to I ...
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How can I repair or hide dings and scratches on polyurethaned trim?

I have lots of trim, ledges, and doors in my house that were covered with a dark stain and then polyurethaned. Looks great until the tiniest ding or scratch, at which point it turns white. Even minor ...
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Can I apply polyurethane to my hardwood floors one room at a time?

I have hardwood floors on almost all of my floors. Most rooms have large (5') openings with no doors or thresholds. When I start applying the polyurethane, is there anyway to do one room at a time ...
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What's wrong with the polyurethane on this hardwood floor refinishing job?

This is basically what I've done so far: I sanded the floor down to 120 grit with a drum sander (did a pretty good, time consuming job) Put 1 coat of polyurethane down - these problem-spots soaked ...
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How much clearance should I allow for a coat of poly?

I'm working on a project that will have wooden inserts sliding into a groove. I've done something similar before and ended up with too small of a groove after a few coats of paint (even though I ...
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Why did polyurethane make wood feel coarse?

I have a piece of pine I want to use for shelving. I added some finish and then added a thin layer Minwax Fast-drying Polyurethane (clear semi-gloss) with a foam brush. It looks great, but the wood ...
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Is wood strength affected after weathering wood?

Lately I have been looking at tutorials for weathering some Maple wood with vinegar but I couldn't find any mention if it may cause any long term issues with the wood such as splitting, warping, etc. ...
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Should I use oil or polyurethane to protect new cane chairs?

My wife and I have just bought 6 cane (wicker) dining chairs. I would like to protect them from the inevitable staining from spilt food and drink, grubby hands etc. What is the best way to protect ...
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How to put polyurethane on wood, one side at a time

I am working on an acrylic-painted game board and am starting to put polyurethane on it to get a high gloss finish. But being that it is a game board, I think it needs to be put on one layer at a time ...
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How do I stain/paint Ikea birch Wardrobe pieces ebony?

I don't like the Birch color much but I got a couple of those to use but would rather have the darker color. How do I go about making this change without ruining the wardrobe or the pieces please?
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How can I remove polyurethane while it is still wet?

I applied a coat of Polyshades on top of a cabinet I am refinishing. It looks HORRIBLE! I'm trying to be patient but I have other things to do and don't want to wait a day or two to remove the ...
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Why won't stain go on evenly on my oak floors?

I sanded and stained new oak floors. Several areas look blotchy like it was sponged on, which is was not. Other areas won't take the stain and are much lighter. These areas did not show up until after ...
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how to keep a wet edge applying poly to the floors of a whole house

My floors are ready for poly. Is it possible to keep a wet edge, when the whole house needs poly, and every room conects to another with 2 diffrent doorways? Every path i can think of to take will end ...
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How can I secure a metal frame to polyurethane foam?

I have used polyurethane foam to cover a 5 cm (2 inch) horizontal gap between a metal door and the ground. Polyurethane foam , as I know , needs to be covered with cement in order to withstand the ...
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Is there a more rugged finish than Polyurethane for a heavy use table?

A few years go I sanded a stained table we had. Upon doing so, we discovered that it had really nice wood underneath. So instead of restaining, I applied about 4 coats of satin polyurethane. It looked ...
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What can I do about softened polyurethane finish?

I have a (bed) headboard that was refinished about 25 years ago. The original finish was a white French Provincial. The refinish consisted of white latex paint covered with a glaze. A protective top ...
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How do I fix bare spots on my table after applying polyurethane?

I polyurethaned my table and when it dried, it had spots. That is the best way to explain it. It looks like the eraser-sized spots are bare wood, almost like something made the polyurethane push away ...
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Will the shiny and scratched appearance after sanding between coats go away after applying another coat of polyurethane?

I have a table that has a veneer inlay that my grandkids put huge scratches in. I decided to sand it and coat it with polyurethane. Long story short, I even ended up adding stain. The sanding block ...
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What are the steps to cutting polyurethane?

I've seen a lot of tips about cutting the first coat of polyurethane with mineral spirits to reduce drying time. However, given that it's the first coat, I have a full can of polyurethane. I'd pour ...
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Why is the finish coming off while sanding between coats of polyurethane on glazed cabinets?

I am refinishing my kitchen cabinets. I have sanded them, painted two coats of paint and then glazed them. I have put one coat of polyurethane on them, and am trying to put a second coat on. When I ...
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What is a “wet edge” and how do I maintain one?

I'm about to polyurethane my floors, and all the instructions I've come across (including the ones on the can) say to "maintain a wet edge". What is a wet edge and how can I maintain it?
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Why did my third coat of polyurethane finish “buckle”?

I'm refinishing a table I built about 10 years ago. I put 2 layers of gloss polyurethane down and sanded between coats. All was fine at this point. I gave it another light sanding and put a third ...
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How do I keep this polyurethaned oak floor in good condition?

I rent a heritage home and the polyurethane has been lightly wrecked, but also the wood is drying out from the dry weather and curling up and separating. I am extremely confused about cleaning and ...