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Posted on Varnish and rubbing out

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#1 posted 07-29-2016 05:09 AM

I hope you are doing all this experimenting on sample boards, and not on projects nearing completion. There’s a lot of good information in this thread but none of us have seen what you’re working on, of course, so you really have to filter what we have to say. The advantage to using sample boards is that you can try different approaches a lot more efficiently (they do need to be sanded to whatever grit you’re going to with your project).

To echo an earlier observation—there is a world of difference between time to dry and time to cure and if you are ‘finishing the finish’ (to borrow the title of a chapter of Flexner’s excellent tome on finishing), time to cure is what you’re concerned with. That is product specific, and depends on your local conditions, too. One final thought—when things have gone well to the point that you are just working on your topcoat, Abralon pads can be real useful (1000 grit for a matt finish, 2000 and up for gloss). You can develop some real depth using them.

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