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#1 posted 09-17-2010 07:08 PM

I would do a rub to the finish now that it is dry. This will reduce some of the shine and get rid of any bubbles or specs from dust or other foreign objects.

What I typically do is use a 600 or higher grit – wet/dry sand paper. Dampen it with water or a rubbing oil and very lightly rub the surface with long strokes…do not rub hard or use short sanding strokes (you are rubbing…not sanding). You do not want to rub off the finish…or get down to the wood – you only want to flatten the surface and reduce some of the reflective nature of the finish.

There are many different ways to rub a finish – You can also use a buffing compound and a buffer (but be careful here – this can be more agressive)....You can purchase high grit rubbing pads like micro grit…You can use a pumice rubbing compound…You can use rottenstone (this is by far the most pleasing finishes).....and the list goes on…. Just remember that you are not sanding….you only want to make the surface flat and to reduce some of the reflective nature of the finish.

For low sheen finishes…I also recommend that you start with a satin or flat finish…Gloss or High gloss will rub quite well….but then you would be defeating the purpose of using a shiny finish. For a glossy finish…I rub and then use a good quality wax to bring back the reflective shine of the finish.

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