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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.



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4.5
  • 4.45 average rating from 31 reviews
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3.0

Poly finish

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Verified Buyer


The only thing I struggled with during finishing was achieving a gloss finish I was happy with. Ended up with several coats being flattened back to satin finish.

5.0

wipe on

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Verified Buyer


can get a real smooth finish

5.0

easy to use

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Verified Buyer


Very easy to use and great results. Best part NO smell.

4.0

First time user, came out great!!!!

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Verified Buyer


It could've came out better but i made a few rookie mistakes that are not the fault of the product.
If i do this again i will use a good synthetic brush rather than the cotton balls wrapped in piece of old T-shirt as too many nubbs formed from the cloth.
Second, it does go on thin, and while the instructions say to apply it in "thin" coats, there really is no definition as to what "thin" is....i eventually found putting it on just thick enough to where you have to worry about "runs" is about right...just make sure to catch them before they start to cure.
After using the whole bottle for about 13 coats, including the two coats mixed with Colortone Blue Stain, i let it sit for a week.
Then i carefully level sanded with 800, then 1200 and finally with 800 grit sandpapers.
It's here that i sanded too far in just a few spots, but i put that on me...i will know better next time.
What really finally made everything awesome was the Colortone Polishing compounds....Medium, then Fine and finally Swirl Remover.....applied with the sponge rotary applicators that you insert into your drill.
That was the final cherry on top.
The guitar came out looking 90 to 95% store bought.
I'm very happy with it.

1.0

Ruined my ColorTone stain

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Verified Buyer


I had finished a wipe-on sunburst stain pattern using the ColorTone stains that StewMac also sells (they actually sell these stains in a "finishing package" that you can buy...). It came out awesome - I used the Cherry Red, Vintage Amber, and Black stains and was able to achieve a super cool sunburst pattern (100 drops of each per 2 oz of water is the ratio I used). I let it dry, scraped my bindings back so that they were clean, and prepped it for the wipe on poly. Note - I let at least 9-12hrs of drying time pass for the stain, but it was dry to the touch an hour or two after I applied the stain.

I was ready for the wipe-on poly I was super excited. However, almost immediately after I started applying the poly onto the guitar body (used a rag with a cotton ball inside, just like the videos show), I noticed that my rag started to turn black, and the stain started running onto the guitar binding... After I finished applying it to the whole guitar, I looked over my work and saw that the wipe-on Poly had cut through the stain, and redistributed it all over the guitar... There were streaks running the whole length of the guitar where stain had been wicked out of the wood, and the black outside of the guitar had been sturned into this weird streaky mess... I am at a loss for what to do.

I can't sand this out, as the guitar I am building is a laminate resonator (I would probably sand through the laminate before I was able to remove stain/poly). It looks horrible as it is now. I was so excited for how this guitar kit was turning out, only to have the thing look horrible right at the end of the build when I am applying the finish... I am not sure what I did wrong, but DO NOT use this product on a guitar that has had a water-based stain applied... so frustrating..

Response from StewMac


Hi JD,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the ColorTone Wipe-On Poly Finish did not work for you as expected. Various stains and finish types can behave differently depending on how they are applied. We always recommend first practicing on scrap to ensure the desired results before taking any finishing product to an instrument.

We have sent you an email so that we can work on making this right. Just reply to that message when you get a chance and our customer service team will take care of everything. We look forward to hearing back from you.

5.0

great quick dry finish

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Verified Buyer


i have used several bottles of wipe on poly from stewmac it is very user friendly and dries fast . looks great on my guitar builds and doesnt stink like most clear coat finishes . thanks for another great product stewac .sincerely larry k ...

5.0

Very easy and quick finish

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Verified Buyer


directy (rather after a water-based grain filler) on any timber you want to keep natural, or colored by water-based pigments, it gives a satisfying finish. I apply it with the brushes I have for my alcohol varnishes without problem.

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.

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