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Posted on Arm-r seal walnut. How many coats to fill grain?

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#1 posted 10-06-2016 12:47 PM

Well, change of plans. I was trying to get the perfect, flawless, mirror finish and just had too many struggles with that. Ten coats in (trying to knock down peaks and filling valleys) I finally made a fatal mistake of rushing it. I applied a coat before the previous was fully dried and it crinkled within minutes. Ruined. So I scraped them all down by hand and stared over. Ugh.

The new approach is to embrace the rustic side. I scraped irregularities and even left some scraper chatter marks. I’m doing gloss base coats with a satin top coat. Supposedly looks better that way, versus all satin. So once again, I’m left unconvinced of the capabilities of fillers, or at least of my skill level and technique using them.

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