Arm-R-Seal Gloss under Satin, worth it?

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Forum topic by Ropelie posted 01-30-2016 09:09 PM 585 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2016 09:09 PM

I have a gallon of Arm-R-Seal I am going to use on a dining room table. Would it be worth my time and money to use gloss for the first coats to enhance/not muddy up the grain? I have not been able to find much data during my research. Thanks!

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#1 posted 01-30-2016 09:12 PM

I tried doing that and didn’t see much of a difference. I’d just use satin, personally.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 01-30-2016 09:41 PM

That’s my standard procedure, gloss then satin. Works well, but I have done three coats of satin that was very nearly as good to my eye.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#3 posted 01-30-2016 10:00 PM

I’ve never been able to tell the difference – the satin final coat “muddies” things up such that there is no difference, unless you are building a very thick film.

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#4 posted 01-30-2016 10:01 PM

Thanks for the input guys, doesn’t sound like it’s worth the extra hassle

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