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Forum topic by eastside posted 07-29-2009 02:53 PM 2060 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2009 02:53 PM

I’m applying Waterlox original to a Sapele counter top. I’m sanding with 220 between coats. Should I apply the last coat with a rag and wipe it off to keep that ultra smooth feel? Would that leave streaks? Has anyone figured out how to get great results with Waterlox?

-- Mike, Westport MA.

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#1 posted 09-10-2009 05:34 PM

My only experience with Waterlox is as floor finish. I’ve recently put down wide plank T&G flooring in a remodel and used Waterlox. Floors came out really nice but it’s certainly a different scale of nice compared to what I’d want on a piece of furniture. I have 4 coats down. Didn’t sand between the first couple because it soaked up so much but sanded between the last 2. Did a final sanding and then waxed. I put it on with a brush and then used a rag to smooth it out and try to eliminate streaks. Again, looks fine for a floor but it may take more effort for your project.

-- Bob, Upstate New York

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#2 posted 09-10-2009 11:16 PM

Mike I have used Waterlox with great results on my turning projects…. I sand in the first couple of coats, sand with 600 Wet/Dry between, then rag on the last couple. Gives me a very smooth finish.

This is one project that I finished with Waterlox High Gloss: Click for details!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 09-11-2009 01:07 AM

I’ve used Waterlox and found that a quality brush flows it out nicely – shouldn’t be a problem on a counter at all. It is a bit of a learned skill to get the hang of working quickly and not going back over things, possibly imparting brush or lap marks. But Waterlox is pretty easy stuff to work with IME. Avoid foam brushes b/c they tend to impart little bubbles. A rag may work well too, but it seems a bit slow to build so I use a brush.


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