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Forum topic by Marshall posted 01-17-2015 08:37 PM 711 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Marshall

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01-17-2015 08:37 PM

Hello All,

I’m currently finishing a walnut kitchen table. I have three coats of gloss Arm R Seal on it now. Usually, I use satin Arm R Seal for my final coat. I did that on the bottom of the table, but it seemed to cloud the grain. I liked it better when it was gloss, before I did the satin final coat.

I havent really noticed that before, but I usually work with stained oak, so maybe the gnarly grain of the walnut top makes me notice it more?

I’m reasonably certain I dont want to leave it super glossy like it is now. My question is, do you think I’d get better results by rubbing the gloss finish to a more satin sheen rather than top coating it with satin arm r seal?

Thanks!

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com


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pjones46

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#1 posted 01-17-2015 09:07 PM

Satin coatings have a filler in them to yeild the satin appearance. These fillers also impact the clarity of the coating/finish.

IMHO, rubbing the gloss finish to a more satin sheen rather than top coating it with satin arm r seal is the way to go. You can always recoat if it does not come up to your expected standards.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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Marshall

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 10:01 PM

Thanks. The rubbing process creates scratches that cause the more satin sheen correct? So if i were to mess it up, If I recoat with gloss after rubbing out, does it restore the glossy sheen?

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 10:18 PM

Yes. Try it on a scrap sample to prove it to yourself.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 11:40 PM

Another hint is to use a finishing wax like Staples Crystal Clear after you rub out the gloss. It will giver the end result of a deep mellow glow as best as I can discribe it.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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