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Forum topic by jimmyhopps posted 07-20-2015 12:54 PM 607 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jimmyhopps

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07-20-2015 12:54 PM

last stage of my table project. i’ve got a lot of coats of GF Enduro Var on my table, all Gloss. I want to make it closer to a semi gloss. Most of what i read suggests steel wool for satin, but i want a bit more than satin. I do have a set of Abralon pads that I was given (all the way up to p4000). Should i just use these at the grit of my choosing, or is there something to the steel wool in straight lines vs the pads on my orbital?


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#1 posted 07-20-2015 12:58 PM

I use 0000 steel wool with wax and comes out a semi gloss. No matter what I would try it on a sample piece before doing the table top.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 01:42 PM

Can’t you just scuff the top and add a layer of semi-gloss? The top finish coat should be the one that determines the final sheen, regardless of what is under it.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 02:44 PM



last stage of my table project. i ve got a lot of coats of GF Enduro Var on my table, all Gloss. I want to make it closer to a semi gloss. Most of what i read suggests steel wool for satin, but i want a bit more than satin. I do have a set of Abralon pads that I was given (all the way up to p4000). Should i just use these at the grit of my choosing, or is there something to the steel wool in straight lines vs the pads on my orbital?

- jimmyhopps

I think you’re on the right track, jimmy. Like conifur says, rubbing the surface with a fine steel wool or pad will create a non-glossy surface, the finer the grit the higher the lustre. I always rub out the finish for furniture and items that are meant to be touched. I only leave the finish as it lays for the likes of house trim, cabinet cases, etc.

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#4 posted 07-20-2015 03:02 PM

No steel wool on any water based finishes, use scotchbrite pads, can find at blue big box in various grits. Use with or without wax.
I also agree with applying the final coat in the sheen wanted but I always apply gloss as my base coats because it builds faster.
And, I would not “rub out” a set of kitchen cabinets, but a single piece, yes I would.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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jimmyhopps

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 02:10 PM

Thanks Sam.
Will try the scotchbright. do you use paste wax with scotchbright also?

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Earlextech

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#6 posted 07-27-2015 01:23 PM

I do. Johnson’s.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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