|Forum topic by jasoncarpentry||posted 963 days ago||7270 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
963 days ago
Jusy when I thought I knew how to do the simple stuff …
I’m making a bookshelf from a 38” x 9” x 3/4” piece of top-quality, seasoned pine (from Home Depot). First I used one coat of Kilz 2 primer, then two coats of regular water-based latex paint (beige). Things were going according to plan until the next step. To protect my books from paint ruboff, I decided to add a final coat of polyurethane. I made up a solution of 1 part satin poly and 1 part mineral spirits, which I wiped on. I waited about 45 min., at which time the surface was dry to the touch. Then I rubbed it down w/ 00 steel wool in preparation for the next coat of poly. NOT GOOD!! Now I have a combination of beige and gray blotches where the steel wool seems to have embedded itself into the finish. I used a tack cloth, then 150-grit sandpaper, but I still have the blotches.
This isn’t the end of the world; I’ll just re-paint to cover up the blotches. But what then? Should I wait longer for the poly to cure? Should I not use steel wool, or at least use 000 or 0000 steel wool instead of 00?
Thanks in advance for your help.
-- Jim in Tennessee