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#1 posted 09-17-2018 08:46 PM

I can’t say I have had this problem when I have used Waterlox, which was before swapping to General Finishes products. My problem was always getting the “tung” to dry.

Back when I did I found their customer service to be very good. Here is a sheet with tips, and info on contacting them.

You probably did all of the correct level of prep, but for others who come behind put down your pre use prep. IE:

Sanded to what grit, and with what? ROS, hand block, etc.

Did you raise the grain before getting to finish, if you did what did you knock it down to?

What do the scratches look like, swirls, or straight line?

Tools to flatten, if Jointer and Planer, Wide belt sander are you seeing a notable streak after the wood goes through?

Just off the top of my head, and only because I just pitched an almost new ROS, a newer DeWalley. It left an awful streak pattern with each revolution, and it would have clearly telegraphed through to the finish if I hadn’t caught it. I bought a new Bosch this one and it does a great job. So it’s possible it could be the sander you are using.

Basically from the info you have given there could be a number of reasons why you could be seeing this. My gut tells me it’s the pre finish prep though, rather than a finish application situation.

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