Polishing Out To A Satin Finish - Without The Cloudy Look

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Forum topic by rrww posted 07-15-2014 05:49 PM 1084 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2014 05:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: polishing question rubbing out

Hey guys & gals,

I have done a few polished surfaces, but only to a gloss and semi-gloss finish. I use the method Charles Neil uses by sanding then moving on to polishes/compounds for the higher gloss.

My project requires polishing to a satin sheen. The topcoat is General Finishes Conversion Varnish (Satin Sheen). The customer liked the low sheen of stopping the polishing at 1000 grit (Abralon Pad). This left slight cloudy haze, is there anything I can use to make the finish clearer without getting too glossy? I’m afraid of using polishes, as this might take me to a higher sheen.

Thanks for your help!

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#1 posted 07-15-2014 06:12 PM

0000 steel wool with paste wax can give you a nice satin finish without the cloudiness.

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#2 posted 07-15-2014 06:17 PM

You are on the right track starting with a satin finish. Avoid too many coats, as even a satin finish with 3-4 heavy coats will become high gloss.
To rub out the finish, I usually use fine #0000 wool and Howard’s walnut wax. Lately, however I have been wet sanding the finish with 1500 grit to remove any dust nibs. I think I like the feel of the wet sanded finish even better than the wax treatment. It gives it a real soft luster.
This is Rudd Satin Lacquer, two coats, and wet sanded.

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