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Posted on Rubbing out wipe-on poly on cherry

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 07:05 PM


Wipe on poly goes on very very thinly so 10 layers is not very thick so any unevenness in the surface of the wood (variations between hard grain and soft grain of the growth rings) is going to be transmitted through the finish. That is what I think you are calling the “rivers”. Several heavier coats of brushed or sprayed on poly which is self leveling would in most cases cover that up. Sand lightly between coats.
You could probably remove the gloss in your current “rivers” by burnishing with the grain with 0000 steel wool or white 3M pad and some wax. Buff the wax with a soft cloth when it drys…just a few minutes after application.

If it were mine I would sand it down with 320 or 400 grit paper to level some of those variations and then apply at least two, maybe 3, brushed or sprayed on coats of regular satin poly. Then after it is well cured (several days) burnish that with 0000 steel wool (or white 3M pad) and a carnauba wax. That should make it smooth as glass.

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