|Forum topic by Sneeze||posted 01-26-2015 09:30 PM||2392 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-26-2015 09:30 PM
After spending about a month trying different things with this project I am at my wits end and I have turned to the interweb for some advice regarding the problem I am having.
I am attempting to finish a gun stock with Watco Danish Oil using a technique that I have been very successful with in the past.
I hope somebody on this forum has the expertise to guide me in the right direction.
Brief description of what I have done so far:
I started with a perfectly stripped and sanded to 220 piece of walnut. Applied Watco – wet sanded at 320, completely wiped off after approximately 30 minutes and repeated after dry until I was satisfied with pore fill results.
The problem I encountered is on one side of the stock there is an area of very dense (I think) grain. You can see it in the picture I have attached to this post. It is the darker area on the main gunstock. It takes up a great deal of the surface area on the butt of the stock on the left side. No matter what I do, I can not remove the sanding lines from this area. As soon as the grain changes on other areas of the stock the lines disappear. They are not witness lines. I can somewhat hide the lines if I wet sand 2000 & 2500 in a circular motion, however I have found this creates an uneven gloss. I have not been able to capture the lines in a picture, they are only visible when you rotate the stock so the glare is in your eyes.
I stripped the finish back to 320 grit and attempted again under the assumption I had not completely removed scratches from a previous grit before jumping up in grit. The problem repeated itself. I attempted the project all over again, this time using steel wool and working up to 0000. The problem occurred again (but worse).
My next step is to try and working back up through the grits (at 600 again now), going all the way to 3000 then attempting to use a automotive rubbing compound after I let it dry for a week or so. I worry about going this route as my understanding is automotive rubbing compounds are water based, I fret getting some moisture under the finish. Has anybody tried this? Would creating a pumice/oil mixture work better as a polishing compound?
Do any of you fine folks have any guidance or wisdom you can provide me to get rid of these lines! I was pontificating doing a surface build approach (wetting the stock, letting it dry then sanding), but my attempts in the past to build a finish like this have not provided the results I expected, plus if I can see the lines now, burying them in finish will probably not hide them?
I know zero about wood finishing, my brain is an empty bucket. I welcome any advice and guidance you may have.
Thank you very much in advance.