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Re: Oak Table Finishing

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 6/20/5 22:41

In Response To: Oak Table Finishing (Mimi)

Hi Mimi...can you elaborate on the uneven look?....what gloss level finish are you using?..(Satin,Semi-gloss, gloss)often you need to really stir up the product extremely well if it's anything but gloss, but I would not suggest using gloss poly on a table top. The other issue may be the sponge applicator. It's tough to use these with varnishes and poly's as they tend to lay down some of the finish they're saturated with and suck some back in at the same time, making it hard to lay down an even film of finish. Wetsand the coats you have now down with some 400 grit silicon carbide paper (black) and some water with a drop or two of liquid dish soap in it. Fill a cereal bowl 2/3 of the way up with water and add a drop or two of the soap and stir it up. Dip the folded sandpaper in the solution, (or wrap the sand paper around a block of styrofoam about 2x3.5 in.) and wet sand the surface with even, straight strokes, working in an area of about 12" by half the length of the table at a time drying each area as you get it smooth and evenly sanded.Be careful not to sand through if possible. Then wash the whole top down with a damp cloth and let it dry. Buy a GOOD quality white china bristle brush and use it to apply the finish in long even, overlapping strokes...working across the table from one side to the other. Have a good light set up so you can easily see the film of finish you're laying down and "tip off" the finish as you go, meaning to lightly brush the wet film with the tip of the bristles to form a very even wet layer of finish across the surface. You want to end up with an even wet film coat of the finish, uniformly thick and evenly coated across the whole surface and with no left over brush marks.Work in a ventilated area, but an area free from moving wind currents as you want the finish to level out and dry slowly until it starts to get dry to the touch...then you can add some moving air to hasten the cure.. Good brush technique with varnishes (most poly is modified varnish..) is a skill, and practice makes perfect..This should flow out nicely and dry evenly. Best of luck..

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