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pete69

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263 days ago

good morning everyone, hope all is well. I have some wood slams that i am making into coat racks and need to know what is the best way to finish them? i would like them to have like that glossy (glass) finish to them. thanks for the help. regards


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#1 posted 263 days ago

If you want a glossy/glass finish you may have to eventually rub out the finish. Which could be hard with a coat rack.

I would say the easiest thing would a gloss sheen wiping varnish. Wipe on polyurethane, for example. I think Waterlox has a gloss version of their varnish. You could also get some spray cans of gloss lacquer and spray that on.

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#2 posted 263 days ago

ok thank you. i will give it a shot. how many coats of polyurethane do i put on? thanks again.

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#3 posted 263 days ago

I would put at least 5 coats of poly, that will give you the look your after. I use Minwax clear gloss polyurethane.
That’s the best I can offer you, good luck.

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#4 posted 263 days ago

awesome thank you very much.

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#5 posted 263 days ago

Pete;
A couple of things before you get started. Sand your rack to 150, maybe 180. Get rid of the dust by wiping with a rag and or compressed air. If you have exposed end grain and want it to look similar to the face grain sand it to say 220. Now comes the easy part. First coat should be a thin one. Dont rush this part of finishing. Let the first coat dry! If you use lacquer, depending on the environment, you can get several coats on in one day. Check the label for drying times. Apply another coat, this one can be a little thicker but dont get crazy. LET IT DRY. Get some 300-400 grit sandpaper and lightly sand. You want a really smooth finish. You can feel when you are getting close, not as much drag. Flip the sandpaper often, it should be getting loaded with finish. Dont sand too much, you are just knocking down the high spots. Feel for smoothness with your off hand. When you are satisfied with the feel, wipe down throughly and apply another coat. Let this coat dry. Like it? If not one more thin coat can be applied. I like a softer sheen on most of my pieces, but to rub out to a gloss, very light sanding with 1000-1500 or even a plain paper bag, like from the grocery, will really bring out the gloss. Now some paste wax. I use Johnson but there are plenty of quality paste waxes out there. Apply the wax, wait, say 10 mins and vigorously rub with a rag, tee shirt, towel whatever you’ve got.
Dont forget to take a pic and post it up here. I for one would love to see the finished piece.

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#6 posted 263 days ago

wow, thank you so much. i cant wait to get started. i will post pictures as soon as i get done.

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#7 posted 263 days ago

Make it simple and foolproof. Just hit it with spraycan gloss lacquer as many coats as make you happy.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#8 posted 252 days ago

hey everyone, hope all is well. ok so my finish for the coat rack is just about done and i am trying to figure a good way to hang it? any idea would be great.

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#9 posted 252 days ago

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#10 posted 252 days ago

a1Jim thank you very much, i like the first one, think they will make it look cleaner. thanks again, best regards

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#11 posted 249 days ago

Thank you all for all your help. here it is!!! i think it came out ok.

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#12 posted 249 days ago

Looks great Pete,nice work.

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#13 posted 249 days ago

thank you Jim.

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