|Forum topic by peterman_lp||posted 06-26-2016 11:56 PM||638 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
06-26-2016 11:56 PM
Because it will likely be very clear soon, I’m a certified newbie when it comes to finishing wood and furniture.
My wife and I found an old desk on the side of the road and tossed it in the back of our car so we could refinish it for our friends daughter. The plan is to refinish the wood on the desk top and paint the remainder of the piece a shade of white.
I stained the top of the desk with Minwax Dark Walnut and let it set in for about two weeks.
After that I began to seal the wood with Minwax Polycrylic protective finish – clear gloss. The wood was very soft so it essentially absorbed the first two coats, so I hit the third coat with a thicker layer before I sanded the poly with 220 grit. I then proceeded to add 3 more coats of polycrylic, leaving roughly 24 hours (or more) of dry time in between each coat. I either roughed up or sanded in between each coat to get rid of any bubbles and to even out the finish before proceeding to the next coat. All in all this part of the project turned out great.
This is where things started to go south – quickly.
I used soap and water to lube up the top of the desk and then used a sanding block with 400 grit sanding paper, Lightly guiding up and down the grain. I took extra care on the edges of the top so I didn’t cut through the finish, and then wiped the desk down.
Before I rubbed out the finish, it looked great and I probably should have just polished at that point of left it alone.
So I sanded again to get back through the polish, and had the brilliant idea to use some spray on polycrylic to bring it back up to a high gloss finish and be done. That didn’t help at all. The poly got bunched up and the top is pretty much garbage.
OK, thanks for reading all of that. Here are my questions:
1. If I sand through all of the rough polycrylic and bring it back to a level playing field, will I be able to bring it back to a high gloss finish? Or, will I likely have to sand the whole thing back to the original wood and repeat the process from the staining?
Tell me what I did wrong so I can learn from all of this. I’m pretty frustrated right now.