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#1 posted 07-24-2016 05:26 PM


In addition to comments so far… I use a foam brush. I apply finish to a small area focusing initially on just getting the varnish on quickly. Then, I go back and take leveling strokes which are single brush strokes the full length of the area where finish was just applied. I do not visit the area after the leveling strokes again. I continue applying varnish from the wet edge; the area where the last leveling stroke was made.

If the varnish remains on the project too long before the leveling stroke, too much solvent may evaporate from the finish, diminishing its ability of the varnish to self-level and thus leave brush marks behind. Too long can be different times and depends on the ambient temperature and humidity. When it is hot and/or dry, too long may be a minute or two after the varnish is first applied, whereas when it is cool and/or humid, too long may be as much as 3 to 5 minutes.

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