2/2/12 – Groundhog Day
I really don’t like finishing. It seems every time I have a project glued up and ready for final finishing, I blow it with the stain and/or top coat.
THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT
First I added 6 coats of Transtint dye. (Left door) I’m a first-time dye-er so I used regular water as my solvent. I suppose I could have made a stronger dye mix and saved on the number of coats. Live and learn.
The right door has one additional coat of Olympic antique cherry oil based gel stain.
Tonight I’ve been spraying lacquer coats. I’m using Watco rattle cans. Boy oh boy the garage STINKS tonight! I planned on building the lacquer up with gloss and the top coating with satin. However, so far I really like the sheen. I might just leave it gloss.
Next, I plan to rub it out with a light wet sand and finish with wax and steel wool. I’ve never done this step before either. How long do you wait until you buff? The can says it will dry rock hard over 7 days. Do you wait all 7 or buff it out before its completely set up?