Creating a Lift Desk #13: Applying Finish and Sanding AGAIN

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Blog entry by Underdog posted 02-15-2016 10:06 PM 1371 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got permission to finish my desk at work, thankfully, because this would have been a royal pain to do in my home shop as small as it is.
The cabinet shop is equipped with a sanding booth, and two spray booths, with all requisite equipment. I can’t remember, but it seems I put finish on these one weekend. Took two days I think. But it could have been just one. It’s all a blur at this point.
Anyway, it took two coats of sealer, and two coats of top coat for each piece. There were seven pieces in all. And some of them had to be coated both sides, or inside and outside (the bases.) That’s four coats for each of seven pieces. That’s 28 sprays. If you do both sides, that makes it 56 spray cycles. If it takes fifteen minutes per piece to dry enough to scuff and then recoat, (totally optimal) then turn over to do the other side, that’s 14 hours.
But I also touched up with black sealer on some of the trim areas and sprayed it on the bottom side of the top. So that was a couple more steps.

I do know it took me at least one full day…
Here’re the pix:

But that’s not including having to correct a problem on the top. After I got a coat of sealer on the top, I noticed scratches all the way across in several places. That was particularly aggravating, because it’s really hard to sand through fresh sealer without gumming up the sandpaper. Enter the big eraser to clean sealer off the sanding disk…

So once this all was done, I let it cure for a week or so. I think it was the next weekend I installed it in my office. But that meant I had to clean it out and remove the old desk…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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