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Forum topic by chargerdon posted 06-11-2014 03:04 AM 1058 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2014 03:04 AM

I have finish my project Farm Table and very disappointed in the shine. I used Watco Dark Walnut and it turned out great. I didn’t build it just the finish. I was hoping for a dead flat shine like the old rustic look. Hate to put a top coat of Poly and then it is a satin at best. When I was a apprentice painter (50 YRS ago) there was a flating oil if I remember right. None of the major paint companys knows or can help, Any suggestions ? Sure need some help. Thanks

-- Don in Calif.

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#1 posted 06-11-2014 04:05 AM

This isn’t a solution .. just the opposite, in fact. I bought some Zar polyurethane that was advertised as flat, but it wasn’t, so I would advise against that route.

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#2 posted 06-11-2014 04:13 AM


You might want to ask the paint companies about a “flattening”¬†agent. Yes, it used to be called flatting, but recently I’ve only seen it called “flattening.”

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Bobby in San Diego.

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#3 posted 06-11-2014 03:35 PM

Rub it out with steel wool and a dab of wax.


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#4 posted 06-11-2014 03:48 PM

You might want to use lacquer instead, try 4 or 5 coats with any hard transparent lacquer, rub out the finish and spray your last coat with flat lacquer. This way your finish will be clear and dead flat. When living in Texas we would drive down to Mexico and bought flat lacquer from the Sayer Lack store over there, worked every time.

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#5 posted 06-11-2014 07:28 PM

I’m with Rick M. on this one as I have done this myself!

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#6 posted 06-12-2014 04:01 AM

I knew I could get there using Lac. but it is a very hard finish that scratches easy. If I can I would like to stay with the softer type

I’m going to do a small side board next, so I think I will try a different system. any suggestions?? AND YES GO CHARGERS

-- Don in Calif.

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