Desk Build #6: Getting the Ole' Fisheye

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Blog entry by Huckleberry posted 09-15-2010 06:42 AM 8970 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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. I have this desk all ready to get lacquered and man o’ man how I love the smell of lacquer. I get all ready to start my process and begin to shoot the desk. I do this this way most of the time. I shoot a coat of lacquer sealer let it rest an hour or so and then sand with 600 grit paper. I then start my top coat, I do this step pretty much the same as the sealer. When I go back to check my work about 1/2 hour later the top has all of these bubbles in it. What the @#*^ is this??? After some consulting with others and so consoling as well I have been hit by the fish eye finish. Has anyone and, I am sure there are plenty that have, had this happen to them? If so what did you do to fix it?

What is so weird about this is that it only did it on the veneered top none of the hardwood or plywood got it. Which really threw me for a loop.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#1 posted 09-15-2010 11:39 AM

I’d guess that the veneer had some sort of foreign material on it like silicon, wax, etc. Might try sanding it then wipe it down with laquer thinner and a clean cloth followed by another wipe down with fresh thinner and a different cloth.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 09-15-2010 05:42 PM

Yep, silicon is most likely the culprit.

I have a buddy with a body shop. He will not allow any kind of spray oil, let alone silicon lube, in the shop. He says it gets airborne and a spec lands on a car to be painted and they waste a paint job. Costly to be sure!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 11:17 PM

It could be the type of sand paper you used serrated or silicon carbide? Or it could be other contaminants even unwashed hands or new gloves (powder from)
I would firstly sand down the finish to level it and then wipe it down with denatured alcohol then spray a sealer coat of 2 pound shellac.

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