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Forum topic by JayPique posted 06-20-2009 03:54 AM 2486 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2009 03:54 AM

I just finished up a table top with Waterlox, but the finish isn’t totally smooth. What can I do to make it smoother – without putting another coat on. Steel wool? What grit? Do I need to lubricate? I don’t mind if the sheen gets a bit more satiny, but I don’t want it dull.

Thanks.

JP


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#1 posted 06-20-2009 04:10 AM

You could either use 0000 steel wool or 600 grit sandpaper. The waterlox raised the grain of the wood – I would lightly sand it down, wipe off all the sanding dust and put another coat of Waterlox on it.

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#2 posted 06-20-2009 04:13 AM

What Jeff said

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#3 posted 06-20-2009 04:25 AM

if you have enough (around 5) coats on give it about a week to cure and then do some wet sanding with some wet dry paper (1500 grit) and with a little soapy water to lubricate it. this is only if you dont plan to put more coats on. if you plan to put more coats on then scuff with some 600 to 800 grit.

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#4 posted 06-20-2009 11:22 AM

I do already have 5 coats on it. My basemen…errr….shop is more than a little dusty, so I think I just had some significant settlage on the last coat. I’ll give it a few more days and then go with the 1500 grit like you said, teenagewoodworker. (BTW, that nym doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue!)

Thanks.

JP

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 01:52 AM

Any finish including Waterlox will raise the grain of some woods. Oil varnish finishes will not raise grain as badly as water based finishes. The issue of air borne dust settling on a wet finish is an entirely different matter. Normally the satin Waterlox finish is does not harden out glossy.

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