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Forum topic by John Choponis posted 02-09-2012 12:13 PM 1105 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John Choponis

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02-09-2012 12:13 PM

I am building a blankent chest entirely out of red cedar and I am planning on finishing the out side with Deft Lacquer. Do I need to spray the cedar with a sanding sealer first?


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#1 posted 02-09-2012 12:29 PM

I do since the the knots doesn’t asorbe as much as the rest of the wood sanding between each coat. You’ll get a more even finish. I use 3m sanding pads i get at a auto body shop supply They come in different grits doesn’t leave fuzz like steel wool

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 03:46 PM

Seal with dewaxed shellac (I use Seal Coat by Zinsser). Knock off the nibs with 220 and a sanding block, spray with lacquer, enjoy.
I also use the synthetic pads.


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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 03:55 PM

No. The Deft is self sealing, as is any film finish. “Sealer” is a meaningless term. Mixing different finishes just complicates the process and invites potential problems.

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