|Forum topic by propman07||posted 10-30-2015 02:28 PM||503 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
10-30-2015 02:28 PM
I found this message board, and have been reading through some of the other threads on finishing. Here’s my situation.
The Wife wanted to have me put up shelves in our spare bedroom for books and craft supplies. I didn’t know where to go to get wood, so I ended up buying paint grade 1×12x8 pine boards from Home Depot (no laughing). I was able to get them cut to length, and added some trim molding around the edges to dress them up a bit. She wanted to stain them a dark red mahogany, so we ended up putting a few coats of stain on them. They came out okay (at least the Boss likes them), so now I’m at the point where I’m going to put a clear coat/varnish on them. This is where I ran into trouble.
I am trying to apply a polyurethane semi gloss coat but having a lot of trouble. I bought some spray cans but the finish didn’t come out as semi gloss. I bought the same type of finish in a can and bought a good brush and tried to brush it on. I wound up with a bunch of brush streaks. I tried to sand them out and spray another coat again but it still looks like crap. I talked to my brother, and he suggested that I try to put the finish on with a foam roller. Well, I tried that, and it was bubble city! When the finish dried, it looked like the surface of the moon, covered in popped bubble craters. I’ve been looking online for some suggestions and help. I’ve read that I could try to thin the finish with mineral spirits and that should fix the brush strokes/bubbles issues, but I would have to put on a lot of thin coats. I was thinking about buying more cans of the spray poly, and doing it that way.
Any suggestions on how to save my shelving project?
Thanks for your time.
-- David http://www.dlvphotography.com