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Forum topic by ediazf posted 09-20-2011 08:12 PM 756 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ediazf

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09-20-2011 08:12 PM

Hi, I finished building my cajon drum, and decided to go with a good quality shiny varnish for it, just because I had one laying around, otherwise I would have used lacquer.

The thing is the varnish came out really uneven, and I am not satisfied at all with it and how it came out.

So my question, can I sand it down to a level surface? (not to bare wood, just even varnish), ifnot I think I am going to take it all off and go with lacquer.

thanks!!


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 09-20-2011 08:28 PM

You can sand it out even without going all the way to bare wood, but you will still have to come back with a top coat. If you still have some of the varnish you used, mix it 50-50 with mineral spirits and wipe on the final coat or two with a rag.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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ediazf

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#2 posted 09-20-2011 08:30 PM

thats was what I was thinking, 50/50 should be easier to apply and get flatter

thanks man! I will try it

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Cosmicsniper

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#3 posted 09-20-2011 09:14 PM

Yeah, what Charlie said. Just level it out with some light sanding and then wipe on a thinned topcoat (or two). Now, if the finish is “uneven” because the wood itself is blotchy, then you’ve got another problem entirely…it’s less a problem with clear film finished applied directly to wood, but this is not always a slam dunk either, especially when dealing with exposed end-grain. I guess the word “uneven” is up for interpretation.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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ediazf

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#4 posted 09-20-2011 09:21 PM

I am pretty sure it is just the finish. I wanted to build up a rather thick layer so I may have used too much on some layers and the brush marks didn’t leveled up as I expected. Its poplar and I sanded it to 320 I think, and it was super level and soft.

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#5 posted 09-20-2011 11:14 PM

Excellent! Yes, it’s certainly easy to mess it up with a brush. I’ve done my share making a nice project look bad. Definitely sand it back down just far enough to level it out and top it off with a couple of thinned coats wiped on. I’ve always found that brushes are a great way to build up the finish, but I eventually learned to wipe on a final, thinned coat (or two). The other advantage to that method is that the thinned coat cures faster since there is less varnish to actually dry. So, less dust in the finish.

You’ll like the result.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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