ColorTone Wipe-On Poly Finish

ColorTone Wipe-On Poly Finish

ColorTone Wipe-On Poly Finish

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ColorTone Wipe-On Poly Finish

About This Item

Easy to use waterbase finish made for instruments!
ColorTone Wipe-On Poly is a great alternative when aerosols and solvent based finishes are not appropriate.

It can be used on bare wood as a primary finish, over repairs leaving a durable protective finish, and over existing finishes to improve appearance and durability. Applies easily with a soft cloth or foam brush.

  • Low odor
  • Easy wipe on application
  • Good flow characteristics
  • Quick drying
  • Good durability
  • Moisture & alcohol resistant
  • Water clear
  • Low VOC
  • Excellent adhesion
  • Nonflammable

8-ounce bottle.



WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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4.5
  • 4.58 average rating from 24 reviews
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4.0

Promising, But Fighting Bubbles

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Verified Buyer


I don't have space to spray a finishing and I'm trying to avoid solvents. I've been using TruOil for a long time and decided to try the Poly Finish. It dries quickly and is easy to sand. I like it and might use it exclusively once I figure out how to apply it correctly.

My only problem is bubbles in the finish. I've tried a clean piece of t-shirt and a nice Taklon art brush. I'm clearly doing something wrong, but am not sure what it is yet. If apply super thin coats, the bubble problem is reduced, but then it takes forever to build.

Any suggestions? Could the folks at StewMac do a video on how to use this product correctly?

Mark

5.0

perfectly satisfied!

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Verified Buyer


I don't understand bitterly disappointed's review. I tried this product and it worked very well. I did discover in a test run that you have to be careful to not apply to thick of a coat, but that is true with every finish product. Clean up was a breeze, because it is water based, there were no fumes. Loved it I'll use this again.

2.0

Bitterly disappointed

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Verified Buyer


I love Stew-Mac. I've spent many thousands of dollars on tools and supplies from them. They offer/continue to develop tools to make our jobs easier. This wipe-on poly was such a disappointment, it's the 1st review I've done. I've been a formally-trained luthier for 12 years. I've worked on 10's of thousands of guitars and done a ton of touch-ups and refins. I saw this and thought it might be a nice, inexpensive alternative to respraying poly on a 25-yr old Ovation I was doing a bridge reglue/routing, making a spruce patch piece to the top since it was so badly damaged when it ripped off. I've busted a delivery date only 2X...both on this guitar. I've gone through 2 bottles, experimenting with amount/time between/# of levels using a foam brush (different sizes), foam roller, cotton cloth, airbrushing. They all gave me unacceptable finishes; cloth gave a thin streaky application and some lint; foam gave a consistent application, but so many air bubbles I had a finish that looked like reptile skin or ostrich boots (depending on how much and what I applied it with). It does start to dry quick, and on the front of an acoustic, I tried different delivery patterns and area coverage to get it to flow together cleanly on the top.The best application I got was using the head of a foam brush, wrapped in a cotton cloth. If I used this again, that is what I would try. I did call SM customer service the 1st time and got a generic response, "we suggest foam brush". 2nd time I emailed and SM gave similar advice but said contact them for follow-up. I get that I'm going to have to apply 5-12 coats depending on how much I have to sand during application and final sand/buff. If I was a hobbyist, I could afford to keep working with it; on customer's guitars where my reputation is on the line and I let other jobs slide while I was literally peeling this finish off in strips, I can't afford to experiment for a month. I give this 2 stars only because it was a hard/durable finish (based on my sanding experience and acetone removal), and from an ideal application, it doesn't require as much prep as spraying paint (which I ended up doing) and isn't as noxious as nitro lacquer. At this point you couldn't give it to me for my application.

Response from StewMac


We're sorry our Wipe-On Poly didn't work for you as you expected. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. In the meantime, I've placed your suggestion with our product development team -- customer comments like yours have been the catalyst to many changes to our products. Once again, we apologize for any inconveniences this has caused.

5.0

Nice!

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Verified Buyer


Works very well. I cant use aerosol so this is a great alternative.

5.0

Able to get to a near glass gloss

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Verified Buyer


I used this product for finishing a mahogany body with stained flamed maple top. I applied seven coats, using a foam brush. I lightly dry sanded 800 grit every coat, on the final coat I wet sanded the maple top from 1000 down to 5000 and polished with colortone compound and I'm really happy with the results. I've been also able to satin finish the mahogany (personal decision) lightly sanding the final coat with 400 and then 800 grit dry sandpaper. Obviously is a final finishing review... I can't still review the durability of the finish. You have to be very careful while building up. Let each coat cure properly, I suggest at least 4 hours each coat... even more. The more you let it cure, the better it will sand, the better the next coat will apply.

5.0

Took me a while to figure it out

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Verified Buyer


After a few “meh” results, I decided to try again. The trick is to rub it on using a t shirt scrap. Thin coats. As a final top layer to finish repairs, this method worked great. Sand the repair smooth with 400 grit after scraping the area smooth, then wet sand once the area is blended with the original finish, about 4-6 layers. Wet sand then buff and polish. Bam. Done!

5.0

As advertised and better

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Verified Buyer


Easy application and cleanup. I bought a lute guitar that came with a very thin finish. I used this to build it up a little. I would recommend using a staining pad rather than a foam brush on large areas.

5.0

WOW

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Verified Buyer


I've been using gunstock oil for years always like the finish. I figured I'd try something different for a glossier look. This stuff works great easy to apply and does it buff up. Good stuff

5.0

Great product

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Verified Buyer


I like the fact that I can wipe it on and it drys in two or three hours and it's ready for the next coat. It has a nice shine and it can be polished to a high gloss and its a hard finish. I'm only using this from now on.

4.0

Easy application

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Verified Buyer


Just used this over Tru Oil. It worked very well.

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