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05-04-2011 02:21 AM

I have a small table top of birch plywood with a Zebra wood inlay. I have finished it with 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal gloss. The Zebra wood has a nice sheen to it but the birch PW is dull & lifeless. Can anyone tell me how to get a gloss on the ply? Thanks

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 04:20 AM

I thought birch plywood is dull & lifeless wood.

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 04:24 AM

Without stripping the Gloss off, you can tint the Arm-R-Seal with UTC COLORS,(they come in small tubes, any paint store or home centers should have them) or any pigment stain. It will add color.

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 06:14 AM

Steven H thanks for the suggestion. I really don’t want to tint the wood. I like the natural color. I am trying to get the birch to shine like the Zebra wood. It seems the wood is soaking up the finish & still has a satin look.

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#4 posted 05-04-2011 08:50 AM

Are you thinning the arm-r-seal? After 3 coats you should have a fantastic shine. I’ve never used Arm=R= Seal, so I don’t know what it’s like. I’m working to replace our steps with red oak. I put on 3 coats of Ace gloss polyurethane and the shine was so deep I had to knock it down with 0000 steel wool and wax to satisfy my wife. If I were you, at this point I would sand lightly and try brushing on a coat of almost any poly out there and see if that gives the gloss you’re after.

Steve

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 04:26 PM

The pores have to fill until the poly can lay on the top. That gives the floss. It has to be sealed. You could seal it in several ways. I used to use sanding sealer but they claim it is too soft. I have used polyurethane thinned 50/50 with turpentine. One or two coats then straight poly over that. Close the pores is all I can say.

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#6 posted 05-04-2011 05:45 PM

I agree with grandpa.
Theres nothing you can do now, unless you you strip it off and start over.

Before applying any topcoats, use a squeegee and thin Arm R Seal with any naptha or any solvents. Force the varnish into deep pores. At the end, I will have a paint tray or any tray to catch the excess.

Let dry, then do it at least 3 times or more if need.

You can use also use water base products or buy Pore Fillers products.

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#7 posted 05-05-2011 03:07 AM

Thank you all for the good advice. I put another coat of Arm-R-Seal on today & it is starting to take on a sheen. I really think a couple more coats & light sanding in between will do the trick.
I truly appreciate everyone’s help.

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