French Polishing class #5: Cheating - and commentary

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Blog entry by RichClark posted 03-03-2009 03:01 AM 1884 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK – Your have a huge something and want to “do this cool process” but your into instant gratification your raized at the nipple of the box store!

NO I say!

We can do a French Polish on the quick! Its the learning and the whys and hows that are trouble! This method is really fast with great results! (but you need to practice a bit! Common ya can do it!)

This was done – Water Filled to Done done (no polishing that is tomorrows blog time permitting) but great looking anyway

Preped Walnut (12x8x.25)

the Virgin awaits! and is met with water fill and sand (15 mintues)
Two coats of the “rep” Base, Smooth, Level…
QUick 30 seconds of 1200 grit leveling
and final BASE , Smooth, Level then flash off

3 reps - done the photo is crappy I am using my cell phone

My buddy Thom was rocked away (his wife took a walk along our local river when we started talking shop and she was impressed on the that piece I maid while she was walking around.

Bottom line is this in not hard but it does take practice.. Its not a whip on oil /varnish and let is soak and whipe it off Its instant done.. You have to really practice (I’m Impressing folks and just barly learning this)

Ok Rant Off

The Cheats! – There are 3 parts to FP – Build the Base, Leveling the piece, and Polishing it. Lets Be in a hurry and see what we can do to get around this?

Buy some Bull’s eye (SEALER!) its a 2# cut that is dewaxed the others are Wax shellac and nothing is gonna stick to it. (this is if your going to put something over it like a incompatible glaze or something) Better to brew your own shellac there are places online that are cheap and fast considering you only need to DNA and can make allot of this stuff, its keeps well and works. I make 8oz of this mix and can barely see using a half inch finishing perhaps 10’x 8” BF just goofing off. Your choice but brewing your own opens a huge avenue there are a bunch of colors out there. FYI – 8oz DNA + 1oz(weight!) = 1# cut

Cheat #1 Sand to 220 – Brush on that Sealer wait 2 hours and do it again.. let it rest overnight and then sand it with 1200 to level it and if your happy do one full rep (Cheese cloth to base and fill, recharge it and put it in the linen to smooth then Oil it and rub it out to level it)

Cheat #2 Flashing off is scary and takes a long time (yea it does! It looks like your screwing up all your hard work .. but rubbing harder and harder and harder… till the pad is dry can take 30 minutes!) so DON’T USE DNA!
Use Naphtha or Better yet (Kingsford charcoal lighter fluid! It will leave a haze but its easy to remove

So ya can come home slap on some shellac… eat dinner watch the news and slap on another coat. Then the next day you can sand a bit and do a quick once shot rep and your done.. and well learn how to get rid of that haze, once I test some stuff I learned yesterday and find decent alternatives. (I wont post till I noodle it out so I can answer questions)

-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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