|Forum topic by AMF64||posted 06-28-2016 01:20 AM||385 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-28-2016 01:20 AM
Looking for some advice, bought a lightly used Ethan Allen Maple dining table. The finish is a bit dull and has a few scratches around the edges and various places on the surface. I’m looking for a wipe on oil based finish in a satin finish.
So I went to my local Woodcraft store and asked for recommendations, I was told 320 then 600 grit sanding to give my finish some tooth. I was sold Waterlox sealer. When I asked about the label stating to use on bare wood only, the sales guy said I’d be fine with roughing the top up with the 320/600 grit. So, I thought I try a few test on the legs before I ventured to the top. Due to the paper clogging so quickly I guess missed a few spots. Today on my 2nd pass with the Waterlox it was obvious it did not take as well to the untouched/scuffed surfaces. Now I see why they say bare wood!
So, my question, is there a better alternative? Due to the clogging paper would a 3m pad be better for scuffing the surface? Should i continue with the Waterlox, or move on to a wipe on poly? If so, should I thin the poly, if so, with what? I’ve had pretty good luck with wipe on poly before, but never thinned it. Is that’s only for starting with bare wood? After spending $30 on Waterlox I’d like to us it, but do not want any issues.
Thoughts / opinions appreciated. Thanks