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138 days ago

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I need some suggestions to end my finishing nightmare on my desk top.

I put a coat of clear Oil based poly over 2 coats of Rustolium Espresso color spray paint. Used the paint because that’s what was available. Covering a desk top that had light and dark woods laminated together. Found this after sanding off old finish.

Made the decision to put clear oil based poly on as a hard surface finish, but it was waaaay too glossy, and there were many little bubbles and some hair although I wiped and swept and wiped again before applying the poly.

Used some 00# fine steel wool after letting it set for 48 hours.

I remember being told that the gloss could be rubbed down to a satin finish.

Well the surface is smooth, but scratches are really noticeable.

I quit for now!

What steps can be taken to reduce the obvious scratches?

Thanks

Tom

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 138 days ago

Auto rubbing compound.

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

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Paul Maurer

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#2 posted 138 days ago

Wax and buff?

-- Psalm 62: 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work

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#3 posted 138 days ago

You may need to recoat the poly ,make sure it’s completely dry and then use a series of finer grits up to 800-1200 grit.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 138 days ago

a six foot deep hole and 2 sticks of dynomite….LOL… SORRY tom, me wood and paint dont get along at all…good luck…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 138 days ago

Jim,

Thanks. Reading online re: floors and poly saying 30 days for complete hardening?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 138 days ago

Clint,

Thanks,

Have the rubbing compound and polishing compound. This would be fine enough to eliminate the scratches?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 138 days ago

Grizz,

As I told Kiefer I’m truely learning patience. Way to much time in this piece of….. to blow it up, although it might be fun?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 138 days ago

how about getting satin poly

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#9 posted 138 days ago

I would probably go with a couple coats of satin finish. It would take less time than a lot of sanding and other finishing.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#10 posted 138 days ago

The steel wool was too course. Put on more finish and make the last coat or two satin.

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#11 posted 138 days ago

00 steel wool is too coarse, drop down to 0000 then got to polishing compound.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 138 days ago

I think that’s what I thought I was doing. LOL!

Have to check my local Ace.

Thanks

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Snookie

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#13 posted 137 days ago

I would try several coats of satin poly first sanding with 0000 steel wool first before the satin poly!!!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#14 posted 137 days ago

Haven’t tried this finish Tom but based on your description on the finish, I would and it down to 1000 grit then finish it off with automotive rubbing compound. I hope it works.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benji-Reyes/88321902103?ref=ts

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hydro

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#15 posted 137 days ago

Most of these replies sound like an awful lot of work. Why not make it simple?

If it were my project, I would sand with 220 paper, just enough to knock off the hair and nubs, tack off the surface, and re-spray with poly of the surface sheen you are looking for. I do this all the time, and always, the surface after the first coat is full of stuff, and after that second coat it is much smoother and has a finished look.

Try a “Satin” poly for the next coat.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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