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Forum topic by Eric posted 02-08-2012 09:54 PM 1143 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2012 09:54 PM

So I’m going to rub down a gloss lacquer finish on cabinet doors. I’m about to apply wax with 0000 steel wool. What’s the trick to rub down the contours of the door without sanding through?

-- Eric

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 10:02 PM

Eric, I dont recall ever hearing about doing just that. Is this a fresh gloss lacquer finish and if so what is the reasoning to rub it out ?

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 01:13 AM

The reasoning is… that’s what my wife would like. That’s good enough for me!

She wants the “wet top coat” look thus gloss lacquer.

She wants the texture and feel to be silky smooth, thus rub down with steel wool/wax.

-- Eric

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 01:51 AM

0000 steel wool should actually take down the “wet top coat” look a bit, at least in my experience.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 03:22 AM

For gloss lacquer, go to the auto paint store and solicit polishing options. Personally, I sand all the way through 1000 grit (wet), carefully, to avoid cutting through the finish. This gives a dead-smooth finish. If you want, you can even use glaze to bring that finish up to restored auto shine. Then carnauba wax, with a soft cloth, NOT steel wool. I prefer to use steel wool for metal working, only. The beauty of lacquer is that if you do sand through, you can just spray more.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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