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Forum topic by Kwit posted 06-09-2013 12:21 PM 1209 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2013 12:21 PM

Hello all;

I am making an antique warehouse cart coffee table for a customer – I am using reclaimed beams (resawn to 1.5” thick) as the main top. To make it durable and cleanable – I used a “high-build” oil based poly on some scrap pieces; I like the way it fills in the ridges and holes without really losing the “feel” of the old beams. It also gives a nice surface to clean (especially if it is to be used as a coffee table)

Here’s the issue: the “high-build” oil based poly is a Satin finish but it turns out very glossy – personally I don’t like it – it looks fake; I showed the customer my test piece and she had the same comment (loved everything else about it- just too shiny)

I’ve tried a green Scotch-Brite pad on a ROS and some steel wool (00 – 0000) – this dulls the finish (already have 3 coats of poly on) but I am thinking it’s just going to make it “cloudy”

I have General Finish “Flat” poly – but it is water based and I don’t trust the durability of it on a “high traffic” area such as a table top

Any ideas would be appreciated – thanks

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 01:01 PM

Typically speaking your last coat dictates the sheen. You can build with gloss or satin, but if you use flat for your very last coat your project.should appear with a flat sheen. Flat may be what u need to finish your last coat with since satin is too shiny.

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 04:28 PM


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#3 posted 06-10-2013 04:33 PM

Can you get the same oil based product you used in a flat gloss? That might be the way to go (if possible). Otherwise, you might try auto rubbing compound or polishing compound (not the wax products). The finish should be well cured for a rub out, it may still be too “green”.

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 04:41 PM

Probably easiest and quickest to buy a tin of matt oil based poly for a topcoat.

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