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#1 posted 02-11-2018 04:57 PM

I sand between very thin coats only to knock down nibs and ridges, and to provide just a little “tooth” for the next coat of poly to grip. That is, just a very light sanding to all BUT THE LAST of several thin coats.

Pictures would help, but perhaps your satin coats were a little too thin / uneven. If the glossy bits bothered me (actually, they probably would NOT), I might hit them LIGHTLY with some sandpaper, just to scratch the gloss. Clean off ANY dust / nibs. Then one more coat, even as I could, and “burnish” (more about “burnish” in a moment).

I’m sure your 10 coats are plenty of protection. Anything you do to that final coat is just cosmetic.

I’m usually pretty happy with the way a final satin coat looks. Nonetheless, I do “burnish” the final coat. That is, I rub out the final coat with hand-sized pieces of kraft paper (i.e., paper grocery bags). This clears away any final dust nibs, and does a bit of barely perceptible polishing. I go over the surface once, with moderate pressure and moderate speed. Flip to a fresh surface of the kraft paper and go over it again, with just a bit more pressure and enough speed to actually generate a friction warmth that I can feel in my hand. It may be just my imagination, but that heat SEEMS to add even greater smoothness to the final surface.

Remember, a counter-top WILL acquire minor surface scratches through use. To me, that’s the “character” that enhances its beauty.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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