|Forum topic by Millo||posted 440 days ago||684 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
440 days ago
Now with pics… A bit of an issue with Arm R Seal… Doing gloss coats right now; not sure what I’m doing wrong, I’ll explian: everything looks great when I leave the room. I finally arrived at a technique where I use a backing piece of plastic inside the rag pad. Things came out very smooth, except now I check it and see that all along the edge where I started wiping, there seem to be an accumulation of finish. It’s VERY noticeable. Could it be the heating coing on? Last night I put this layer and when my wife got home she turned on the heat, possibly about an hour or two after I had laid down tat layer. Could it be the stream of air heating that corner of my tabletop? I honsetly doubt it. I am doing a test piece at tthe same time, and it’s close to where this table top is, and it’s coming out fairly well (test piece has some horrible scratches that I know are there), not pooling of finish. So, what do you think it is?
On the test piece I will try the same application technique but now try to lay down a satin coat over the coat. On previous tests I’ve done this satin has come out ever so slightly streaky. Maybe the backing piece on the thick, even rag will take care of that?
Pics below. OK, the first doesn’t really seem to help, what you see on the edge is the reflection of a lamp:
I folded rags into an application pad, much like the Wood Whisperer suggests, then wetted it bit, evenly, with mineral spirits. I wonder if when I initially lay the pad on the surface I am pressing too hard, and it puddles. Problem is, I’m doing this with a raking light and it always looks perfect once I’m done and leave it, so If there’s too much on the surface, I’m not seeing it when it counts and I can do something about it—at the time of application! This is the second time this has happened (reason for this last coat). It did NOT happen before, not even a hint, except for an obvious mistake I made during application, on one of the first few coats. This was going to be the last coat, it’s the 4th or 5th—unsure since anyway I sanded one of them quite aggressively.
These flaws are pretty obvious to the naked eye, but difficult to capture.