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Forum topic by Siegel_KenEvil posted 05-25-2012 12:57 PM 622 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Siegel_KenEvil

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05-25-2012 12:57 PM

I made a raised letter sign with a wedding date burnt in with a wood burner on cherry. I’ve been applying coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Gloss. Around a few of the depressed letters, the finish doesn’t seem to be building up. Every coat makes the problem are shrink but I’m wondering why this is.

I suspect it’s one of two issues;

1. the heat caused sap to surface around the letters preventing the finish to adhere

2. gravity is pulling the finish into the depressed letter leaving little finish around it.

So, what’s the fix for this situation and how do I prevent it in the future?

I’m going to run home and take some pictures to better show the problem. I’ll post them in an hour.

-- Scott


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#1 posted 05-25-2012 01:27 PM

Pics will be nice.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 01:31 PM


(finish not building up under the “Y”)

OK, here is an image of the entire sign and a close up of the problem area. It’s not nearly as bad as it was after the first few coats. I think I’ve got about ten coats on now. I thought maybe another cause was I smeared the soot when I sanded

-- Scott

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#3 posted 05-25-2012 02:00 PM

The finish looks to be slipping into the ‘y’. But hey, it looks good to me.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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