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12-22-2015 03:03 PM
Anyway, You’ll see two projects attached to this post. Both are constructed of pine, both stained with minwax (ebony I think). I sanded to 120 grit (I’ll go finer next time…), stained then wiped on a coat of satin poly, diluted 1:3. I then sanded with 220 grit (i think I’ll go finer next time – felt like I was going too deep with the 220). I then wiped on 3-4 more coats of poly, letting it dry to the touch but not full curing. I can’t remember exactly, but I did lightly hit it with 0000 steel wool between coats.
Anyway, after the “final” coat, I had some dust nibs. Nothing major and a big improvement from my previous nib expereinces w/ brush on, but it still irritated me. All my pals are teasing me saying I must really be a doofus for not being able to use poly and get good results.
So, after letting the final coat cure completely (it was like 48 hrs), I hit it with the brown paper bag trick. Although it did take some nibs out, the larger ones it just flattened them, but you could still see them in the glare from a light. I then moved to 1500 dry sanding. I started off with no pressure, then realized I could nearly stand on it while sanding. After I sanded it smooth and wiped the dust away, it was smooth, but had an orange peel look to it and a haze. I then took 0000 steel wool w/ some regular liquid mequires car wax (I didn’t have paste wax and figured I could always do another coat of poly if it didn’t turn out). I used the steel wool and wax just like I would be applying it to a car by hand. Before it could dry (I was generous with the wax) I buffed it off with a microfiber towel. WOW. no nibs. awesome finish! I couldn’t be happier.
My better half says I buffed too much and it’s not satin anymore, its too semi-gloss. What can I do to take the sheen down without producing a haze? I was thinking maybe 00 or 000 steel wool w/ some water? She said that the lamp was intended to look reclaimed and now with this flawless finish it looks like an IKEA reclaimed lamp…haha.
At a minimum, I have a process now for making my poly jobs look good. I’m happy.
Please disregard the mess that is my family room….