Getting the D**M Finish right! Help....Poly on painted surface

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03-17-2014 12:08 AM

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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?



-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 03-17-2014 12:19 AM

Auto rubbing compound.

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#2 posted 03-17-2014 12:19 AM

Wax and buff?

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#3 posted 03-17-2014 12:24 AM

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.

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#4 posted 03-17-2014 12:29 AM

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

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#5 posted 03-17-2014 12:32 AM


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 03-17-2014 12:34 AM



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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#7 posted 03-17-2014 12:36 AM


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 03-17-2014 12:37 AM

how about getting satin poly

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#9 posted 03-17-2014 01:34 AM

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

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 03-17-2014 01:48 AM

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

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#11 posted 03-17-2014 02:29 AM

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

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#12 posted 03-17-2014 02:37 AM

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

Have to check my local Ace.


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#13 posted 03-17-2014 11:02 AM

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

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#14 posted 03-17-2014 01:32 PM

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.

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#15 posted 03-17-2014 03:58 PM

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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