|Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster||posted 03-01-2014 04:09 PM||1065 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
03-01-2014 04:09 PM
I need a little help/advice with a finishing issue.
Here is the back story: I am making a small side table with a spalted sycamore top. I applied 6 or 7 coats of gloss minwax oil-based wipe-on poly. The coats were building well and looked good, but it was a bit shiny for my taste, so I decided to put a coat of satin minwax oil-based wipe-on poly over the top to dull down the shine. Well, now that the satin has dried for over 24 hours, it did dull down the shine, but it also made the finish sort-of milky and cloudy. I actually want the finish a little duller still, so I’ll likely sand with 1500. I have used satin before, but never on what I would call “fine woodwork” like this.
Is this cloudiness just part of the “satin” look?
If I sand to 1500, do you think that will give the “hand-rubbed” look? (which is more what I am looking for)
For the record, I know some of you guys are thinking – “This idiot should have just used oil if he wanted a hand-rubbed look”. I wish I could have, but this table will likely get anything and everything spilled on it throughout its lifetime, so I decided on poly for the best functional finish.
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