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Forum topic by TinWhiskers posted 03-11-2016 11:10 AM 1116 views 0 times favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2016 11:10 AM

In a discussion with someone over finishing a table I may sell. Made out of slab Poplar. I’ve always loved a high gloss finish. What is the general trend of the public? Gloss or Satin?


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#1 posted 03-11-2016 12:59 PM

dont know about the public, but for me horizontal surfaces that will get a lot of use get satin topcoat. scratches arent as noticable with satin.

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#2 posted 03-11-2016 01:18 PM

I agree with tomsteve, satin is more forgiving. I feel the high gloss takes away from the wood by looking like it is encased in plastic or under glass. Just my opinion

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#3 posted 03-11-2016 01:38 PM

I think it also depends on the wood itself. Open pore woods usually look better with less “shine”.

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#4 posted 03-11-2016 01:51 PM

Satin: I think satin shows the wood off more where with gloss the eye is drawn more to the finish itself. A good satin finish doesn’t draw attention to the finish.

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#5 posted 03-11-2016 02:33 PM

I put gloss finish on my butcher block counter top (MinWax Oil Poly). I waited 7 days after the final coat to put it in service (200 hour cure time). It is only a couple of months old but it appears to be scratch-free.

There was an article in Fine Woodworking in which they recommended two coats of MinWax Poly and then 600 grit scuff and then wipe on General finishes gel poly to fill the fine scratches.

I did not add the gel coat yet. When the counter gets scuffed up I will block sand it and then wipe on the G-F wipe on poly gel.

https://generalfinishes.com/retail-products/oil-based-topcoats/oil-based-gel-urethane-topcoat#.VuLWd30rLIU

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#6 posted 03-11-2016 02:48 PM

Sorry if this offends anyone, but I always view most furniture that has a high gloss finish as a project done by a beginning finisher ,of course there are exceptions but if you look at all the high-end custom furniture makers most of their projects have a satin finish.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 03-11-2016 04:34 PM

Totally agree with a1Jim. Plus, a high gloss finish will show every little bitty scratch in the wood, and look like it’s encased in plastic.

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#8 posted 03-11-2016 05:53 PM

I have always preferred the look of a satin finish as well.

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#9 posted 03-11-2016 06:51 PM

Gloss reminds me of that plastic coating look, so I shy away from it.

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#10 posted 03-11-2016 07:10 PM

For the same reasons mentioned above, I like to stay away from gloss and gravitate more toward satin, it looks more like wood and less like plastic.

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#11 posted 03-11-2016 07:50 PM

satin , especially if you are planning to sell it. Satin has a more professional look to it in my opinion.

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#12 posted 03-11-2016 08:00 PM

Generally speaking, higher gloss finishes are better reserved for highly figured wood and small projects rather than furniture. Things like fancy boxes and stuff can be taken up to a mirror polish and look great. I wouldn’t want a mirror polish on a chair or table, though. But of course, there’s always exceptions to the rules.

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#13 posted 03-11-2016 08:05 PM


Sorry if this offends anyone, but I always view most furniture that has a high gloss finish as a project done by a beginning finisher ,of course there are exceptions but if you look at all the high-end custom furniture makers most of their projects have a satin finish.

- a1Jim

Apparently you have never been on a yacht or a private jet…lol
Yes, I know you used words like “most” and some exceptions, but, your reasoning for determining that a high gloss finish is done by a beginner I don’t understand. It takes a highly qualified finisher to turn out a high end gloss finish.

I will agree with mostly everybody else that I prefer a dull rubbed finish on furniture,
but gloss Does have it’s place as well.
For Example: (just a pic of of the internet)

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#14 posted 03-11-2016 08:21 PM

Thx for the input. I’ll try satin.

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#15 posted 03-11-2016 08:53 PM

Your right “J” I’ve never been on a private jet or yacht.Gloss may be in vogue in some places, by some people but in the majority of the type of funiture I like it’s not appropriate. Nice photo still not a look I care for but others do like it.
As far as your statement “it takes a highly qualified finisher to turn out a high end gloss finish.”I disagree anyone can turn out a gloss finish, of course it takes a bit more effort and know how to turn out a good gloss finish.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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