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Posted on Need some advice on Waterlox

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#1 posted 09-16-2017 04:23 PM

While it can be applied with a clean rag, I find that rags deposit a lot of lint in the film so I have switched to using cheesecloth instead.

+1 on the cheesecloth. If you use a cotton cloth, it’s best to wash and run it through the dryer first to get the lint off. Another thing I use is called trace cloth. It’s available at any fabric store.

Also, it will change sheen over time. It will appear like a semi-gloss or gloss finish when first applied, but this fades to something closer to a dull semi-gloss or satin after about a month to two.

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If you watch any of the Tom Johnson antique restoration videos on youtube, he uses Waterlox extensively. He generally brushes on 3 or 4 coats, sanding with 320 after the first one and 500 subsequently. He then goes over the last coat with 0000 steel wool and finishes with wax. I assume in his business, waiting for the sheen to soften isn’t practical. His results are beautiful though.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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