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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 06-03-2010 04:04 AM 5867 reads 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a quickie video encouraging everyone to rub out your poly or lacquer finishes. This is really a simple method that I use all the time to get a nice, bump-free, satin finish. There are a lot of ways to rub out a finish — all the way up to a high-gloss piano finish. But this one will get ‘er done fast and you’ll be pleased with the results.


-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com



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#1 posted 06-03-2010 04:11 AM

Thanks Steve
I like 600 grit sand paper and a second coat.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 04:28 AM

Nice tip,
I agree with Jim. I even go smoother up to 1500 grit then swabbing it with wax…

-- Bert

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 04:34 AM

fun stuff buddy

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 06:18 AM

When you buff out the paste wax use an old sock. Its the perfect size and shape and should be relatively “lint free” after being washed so much.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#5 posted 06-03-2010 06:32 AM

Thanks Steve….and please keep those video’s coming, I need all the help I can get.

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#6 posted 06-03-2010 07:07 AM

The video made me smile! Thanks for posting.

-- David from Indiana --

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 07:39 AM

I’m finishing right now, so i will be mortally mere and rub it out :-) after a couple more coats, that is

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 08:22 AM

Amazing yet so simple. Great tip steve. Sometimes we get desperate to finish and skip steps like this so its a great reminder!
I use steel wool and I get all the yucky remnants of it I have to tack clothe off my piece so I will be on the lookout for that nice and non messy pad you had there.

-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#9 posted 06-03-2010 10:57 AM

Steve I really like your videos. I do have 1 question how many cups of coffee do you have before you start them? I’m just kidding, you put alot of energy in to them. It helps me wake up at 3 in the morning ( along with my pots of coffee)!!

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 06-03-2010 01:20 PM

I use those pads also, They make them in different “grits” I bought a set I think it was, gray – coarse, red – medium, white – fine. Glad to see beer was hurt in the making of this video.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#11 posted 06-03-2010 03:23 PM

Cute video. I couldn’t agree with you more. After sinking so many hours into a project, you really owe it to yourself to take our time and do a good job on the finish.

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#12 posted 06-03-2010 04:29 PM

Great video Steve…apparently I have a touch of ADHD though, instead of going out to the workshop and rubbing out the finish, I ended up washing down a bag of chips and dip with a few brewskis. :-)

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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#13 posted 06-04-2010 05:38 PM

a brown paper bag works well for rubbing out a finish also

-- Smitty!!!

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#14 posted 06-05-2010 06:47 PM

A great video Steve! I’m still new here, so it’s the first of your productions I’ve seen. Looking forward to viewing others.
Thank you for your post.

-- Mark, Portland, OR - what's for dinner?

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#15 posted 06-08-2010 10:58 PM

Smitty,
Similar to your brown paper bag idea, I use a regular old piece of cardboard. It works wonders for eliminating the fine little bumps and raised grain.
A painter came into my garage and rubbed an oak tool box I had just finished, grabbed a cardboard box, tore a piece off and rubbed an area on the top for about 20 seconds. Amazing results!

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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