|Forum topic by dhearsch||posted 07-02-2016 02:29 PM||324 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
07-02-2016 02:29 PM
First off would like to say what a great resource this forum has been for me – I am no professional (or even really hobbyist) woodworker but I enjoy taking on projects and resources like this are invaluable.
Wife and kids are out of town for a couple of weeks so I thought it was the right time to tackle a project I’ve been thinking about for awhile – refinishing our reclaimed wood counter top. I finished this top about 3 years ago and have always felt that the finish was too thick – very waterproof but glasses would “stick” to it. I originally finished with 4-5 brushed coats of Waterlox original (thick) and then 2 coats of thinned satin Waterlox.
Yesterday I sanded the top with 80 and 220 using an orbital sander (see pics – no idea why one is upside down). My plan is to wipe on a very thin coat of stain to even out the areas that got down into the wood (it’s old white oak that was stained a medium brown), then finish with 2 coats of Waterlox satin. From what I have read here, it seems that rubbing out regular Waterlox is the preferred approach to achieving a satin look.
My top is quite distressed and has lots of nooks and crannies. Before I go the route of regular Waterlox and rubbing (after a few weeks with steel wool and wax) I just wanted to confirm that this approach will work with irregular surfaces, or if just applying the satin Waterlox will yield better results.
Appreciate any advice…