Applying polyurethane is a considerable pain. It’s messy, it smells terrible, and it takes forever to dry. But don’t worry – we have some tips for you! Our blog post will show you how to apply polyurethane with a foam roller so that your project goes much faster and looks great too!
How to apply polyurethane with a foam roller?
1)First, mix your polyurethane in a bucket. Pour it into another container if you think the roller will be too heavy to move around with all that liquid on it. Add about half as much water and stir until dissolved.
2) Dip one side of the foam roller (or two sides for thin coats) in the liquid, shake off the excess, and start rolling!
3) Start by rolling from one edge of your project to another. This will help you avoid needing to do some touch-ups later on in the process, even worse – getting polyurethane all over everything but what you’re painting.
4) Continue rolling in the same direction until you reach the middle of your project. Then, start rolling from one side to another and back again.
5) Wait at least an hour for your polyurethane to dry completely before handling or moving anything.
6) If you’re painting an object that’s taller than your arm’s length, wait until the coat is dry before applying more.
7) Add a second coat of polyurethane for the best, most durable finish.
8) Wait at least a day before touching anything after you apply your final layer of polyurethane to give it time to dry and harden fully.
We hope these tips make applying polyurethane with a foam roller much easy for your next project. Finishes are crucial to the longevity of any piece that you finish woodworking. While there is no perfect solution or method, using a foam roller will help you apply an even coat and reduce laborious hand sanding.