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#1 posted 10-01-2012 12:34 AM

I don’t know if you want to change the finish you’re using, but I use African mahogany for lots of stuff, including kitchen and bathroom trim. I sand to 220 and apply two medium coats of Deft Brushing lacquer (I spray it, thinned about 10% out of the can), lightly sand again with 200 to remove any nibs, and apply one more coat of lacquer, thinned a bit more. I’ve had amazing success with this quick-and-easy process. The whole process takes less than an hour, including drying times. I use it on my fine-woodworking gallery projects and on furniture, too. I’ve had it in kitchen environments for years and it holds up well. If it ever gets damaged, it’s easy to repair, too.

I know, it’s not what many fine woodworkers would call a high-class finishing technique, but I’ve had my work in galleries next to the best of them, and it’s pretty hard to tell the difference. If you’re looking for a really great finish, there are alternatives to as-sprayed semi-gloss (which looks pretty good as is). I use some medium-grit auto polish/wax on a soft cloth and get any kind of hand-rubbed shine I want. Want a nice dull, aged look? Use 0000 steel wool, rubbed gently along the grain.

Over the years (like 55 of them), I’ve used a lot of the “recommended” finishes, and I always go back to good old Deft lacquer. Try it, you might be amazed!

Check out the work on my Web site if you want see what Deft lacquer can do!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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