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#1 posted 02-08-2018 02:03 PM

I’m not an expert by any means, but I have always used Arm-R-Seal on all my projects because I find it easy and I hate finishing.
The method I use is to apply very thin film with each coating, using folded pieces of cheese cloth. The porous cloth holds a sufficient amout of liquid to permit “lightly” wiping an area, and permits a quick dip to refresh the cloth and continue without previous areas starting to dry. I don’t sand between coats, I used to do so, but found that it wasn’t necessary – however I do lightly sand (typically with only 220 grit) before the last coat.
As for your situation, consider that prior coats that streaked can show through the new clear coating. I’m not suggesting that you sand down to the wood, but as finishing expert Bob Flexner says in his book, “you need to finsh the finish”. By this, he is saying to rub out the finish for a consistent appearance, similar to rubbing out the painted finish of a car paint job.
If I were you, I would first rub out the finish – after letting it thoroughly dry – with 4 O steel wool, being sure to remove the wax, and obtain a consistent looking finish across the entire surface. Then one last coat using the cheese cloth to leave a wet surface behind that readily blends with the next wipeing.
That’s all I got, hope it helps your cause, good luck.

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