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    Got the clear finish on my bed wood. 5 coats of spar urathane, thinned about 30%. Applied 4 coats with a cotton rag, sanded lightly only to remove dust nibs, then a final coat. Really smooth. Very happy with the final look, the wood came to life just like I hoped it would. Needs to be tighten down but will not change the way it looks.
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    That looks great. What's the cap in the middle?

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    Thanks Len
    that cap is for the gas filler. I went with an under the box tank, thereby putting the filler neck in the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marten View Post
    Thanks Len
    that cap is for the gas filler. I went with an under the box tank, thereby putting the filler neck in the box.
    I knew what is was right away. It’s marine after all. Looks good in there though, where’s the vent located?
    The wood looks really nice marten, what brand of finish is it? I like the level of gloss you chose to do.
    b marler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marten View Post
    Thanks Len
    that cap is for the gas filler. I went with an under the box tank, thereby putting the filler neck in the box.
    That WOOD project looks FANTASTIC!!!

    Now, you did what? You say you applied the CLEAR with a RAG? Can you share the details on that procedure, please?

    NO, I'm not doubting you at all, just like to know how you did what you did "with a cotton rag". Appreciate what you wish to share and thank you.

    What a nice job!!!

    Henry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    That WOOD project looks FANTASTIC!!!

    Now, you did what? You say you applied the CLEAR with a RAG? Can you share the details on that procedure, please?

    NO, I'm not doubting you at all, just like to know how you did what you did "with a cotton rag". Appreciate what you wish to share and thank you.

    What a nice job!!!

    Henry
    Lol… Henry I’m with you on this, WTF a rag?

    I know products made for wood are different and can be brushed on with good results, but never heard of using a rag for the clear finish coat but…

    Marten,

    That wood came out looking absolutely beautiful and I agree with Marler, the sheen is just right!

    Curious, what made you choose this product over say using 2K HS Urethane Clear?

    Still want to know about the rag thing though… Lol

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    using a cotton rag is an old school way of applying finishes to wood furniture. it works really well for not leaving too much product in one coat, and won't leave brush marks. i apply stains and oils that way but haven't used the technique for clear. obviously as martens results show, it works well.
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    Thanks bmarler, Henry and S-C
    I love your enthusiasm for what I am doing. you guys are way more responsive than the two other web sites I post on. I wish you guys live closer, I'd have you over for hands on guidance and help. That's what happens here if my kids come to visit. That in return for eating my food and drinking my beer.
    As for the products and process here we go.
    I used this for a finish. With the environmental laws the product although looks thin leaves brush marks when it dries. The manufacture can't add more thinners and can't tell you to do that either. So you end up with a not so great look when it's done. I thinned it about 30% or so. If you want to spray it, go 50% thinner. Just mixing a little bit at a time. If you were to make a big batch you will end up with dirt in it that you don't want. I used paint thinner but naphtha also works. Then take a cotton rag, in this case an old white t-shirt, well just part of one and fold it into a palm size package, say 6 lays thick or so. Take some paint thinner and soak it into the rag. Dip the rag into the thinned spar urethane and wipe it on. The key here is thin coats. The thinner will not harm the wood but allows the finish to flow better. I put on 4 coats, then sanded lightly using 220 grit paper, just to remove the dust nibs. Wipe down the board and put another layer of thinned urethane on. It takes 3-4 hours for each coat to dry. The stuff is smelly so make sure to have some fresh air available. A word of caution here, when you are done with the rag be sure to open it up and let it air dry before putting it in the garbage. Left wet and balled up could cause spontaneous combustion.

    S-C, I have never heard of 2K urethane clear. Sounds like an automotive product. Hence I did not look at it. When looking at what to use, I wanted an outdoor rated product, something along the lines of a boat finish. My search lead me to this product. More searching lead to this way of putting it on. It is glossy but not overly so and becomes plastic looking, really happy with it. If you wanted a more real wood look you could do satin which looks awesome for furniture but I wanted the gloss look to match the rest of the truck, once I paint it.
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    i'm familiar with that product. they make good stuff. i've always thinned my spar varnishes with penetrol. in fact, i use straight penetrol for the first pass and let it soak in. second pass thinned 50%. third pass 25%, then thin as required. i think my way is a little thicker viscosity than what you're doing, but in the marine environment i'm looking for good film build.
    i'll give your technique a try on some interior wood i'm going to refinish and see how i like it.

    s-c mentions using automotive style products and that works very well too. 2k clears are really tough and adhere to wood no problem. i think i've heard len mention doing it too.
    b marler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marten View Post
    S-C, I have never heard of 2K urethane clear. Sounds like an automotive product.

    Hi Marten,

    Yes, it is. You will become very familiar with it when the time comes for you to spray the finish topcoat on your truck.

    Quote Originally Posted by bmarler View Post
    s-c mentions using automotive style products and that works very well too. 2k clears are really tough and adhere to wood no problem. i think i've heard len mention doing it too.
    Hi Marler,

    Yes, I do believe you are correct. I too remember Len mentioning his wife was into furniture refinishing adding art work etc. and he would shoot the finish clear for her. The finished product came out quite nice as I recall.

    I believe many custom guitar painters use 2k automotive clears as well.

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