Step 17: A few coats of Polyurethane
Well, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re nearly finished now. A few coats of Polyurethane will seal up the wood for protection from the inevitable spilling of water, and give it that real furniture look. Take your time here. Apply thin even coats with a diligent watchful eye for any drips or runs. Take your time here. This step could make or break the overall appearance of the entire project. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never applied polyurethane before, here are a few pointers that will prove helpful.
Take your time.
Apply thin even coats.
Do not get too much Poly in the brush at one time. That would be asking for problems.
When moving the brush from the can to the project, slowly rotate the brush to prevent the poly from dripping off of the brush.
Never draw your brush over a corner into the project, as this will cause runs.
Draw your brush from the project, toward the corner and continue straight off the edge.
When at all possible, adjust the project so that you are working on a flat, horizontal surface. This will reduce the chance of drips and runs.
Allow the project several hours to dry before attempting to move it.
Lightly sand the finished wood with fine steel wool between coats.
Take your time! DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t rush it.
Ok, with that said, 2 coats of poly to any inside and backside surfaces, 3 coats of poly to any outside surfaces or inside surfaces that water may repeatedly be spilt upon.