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Forum topic by Steelpapa posted 10-21-2012 10:52 PM 960 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2012 10:52 PM

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I put 2 semi-gloss coats of Spar Varnish with a brush on walnut.I had little dibs on the finish so I rubbed with 0000 steel wool. It dulled the finish. Any suggestions on what I should of used to keep the shine. Thank You

-- Ron,Texas,

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 11:58 PM

You can always buff it down with a little paste wax,should bring the sheen back.

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 12:16 AM

Which brand of Spar Varnish?


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#3 posted 10-22-2012 12:32 AM

Spar varnish is a poor canidate for rubbing out. It is a long oil varnish that never dries. If it is for an outside piece I would use Epiphanes(sp). They recommend 6 coats.
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#4 posted 10-22-2012 12:35 AM

Spar varnish is a notoriously soft finish. You may be able to restore the sheen by polishing with an automotive polishing compound. Make sure the finish is well cured, first.

If the project is for indoor use, a more appropriate finish would be one intended for same.

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 01:36 AM

Thanks everyone ,the brand is from Lowes….Cabot.Its for a hidden drawer in a blanket-chest.

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 01:40 PM

Spar Varnish is an excellent choice for outdoor finishing, never for indoor. The Deft lacquer next to it on the shelf at BigBoxBlue would have been better. Or shellac. Or poly. Or just paste wax.

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 01:46 PM

I never just leave the final coat ‘as – is.’ I rub it down with 0000 steel wool and apply paste wax. Just rub your hand over it and feel how much nicer it is than straight finish.

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