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Forum topic by Gerald Thompson posted 12-13-2013 01:20 AM 1112 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Gerald Thompson

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12-13-2013 01:20 AM

I plan on using this varnish, with a top grade brush, on a walnut or cherry blanket chest. I have the Behlens Solvent for thinning and plan on using a 50/50 mix for the first coat. The following coats would be thinned 20%. This is gloss and I plan on rubbing it to satin after a 30-40 day cure in the house.
How many coats would suffice? Am I missing anything in my plans? I would wait 24 hours between coats. If I use walnut I will use a walnut colored grain filler of a solvent type.
I would probably shoot the walnut with a 1 pound cut of shellac first before proceeding with any of the foregoing.
Does this seems to be a sound plan? Any experienced help with the application of this product will be appreciated.

-- Jerry

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#1 posted 12-13-2013 03:28 AM

My experience is using this product on walnut and maple table tops.

I do use a seal coat of shellac, and tint with alcohol based dyes (for walnut.) I’ve not had any problems with the top coats over shellac. I sand to 180, then brush on the shellac. Sand again with 180 then to 220. My first coat of varnish is cut 20%, then two more coats uncut. I sand between coats with 320, just trying to level the coat. For my dining room table, I waited about 3 weeks before I applied some fine rubbing compound and wax, and it looks great.

Although the can says its ready for sanding in 14 hrs, I find waiting 2 days between coats is required.

Sounds like you are using a good brush. Don’t shake the can, or stir to fast, this will create bubble that never seem to disappear.

This product comes in a satin finish.

-- Nicky

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