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#1 posted 02-08-2018 12:56 PM

In my experience, streaking is a symptom of not putting a consistent layer of finish on the board which means your applicator was too dry or you wiped it too much as it was drying and created streaks. When applying the finish you should be able to look across the surface and see a uniformly shiny layer of wet finish. If not, you will get streaks when it dries. Generally, I will apply the first couple of coats with a rag and then switch to either a 3” foam applicator or else spray the last couple of coats for a consistent finish.

I would probably sand off the finish and start over. Make sure you get down to bare wood or you will have an uneven finish. FWIW, I had a coffee table that took 7 tries to get the finish right on the top. It took that many times because I didn’t know what I was doing very well and I kept thinking I could short cut the process or that I had thoroughly sanded everything off.

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