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Posted on Refinishing a MCM dining table -- sanding, staining and finishing advice/opinions/help welcome!

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#1 posted 10-12-2018 01:45 PM

Wet sand with 600 and up. I use ms so if the finish is breached water does not get into the wood. What grit to stop at depends on desired gloss. 1200 and 0000 steel wool is a nice satin. 1500 and various car polishes take it to hi gloss.

- OSU55

+1. I prefer diluted dishwashing liquid to MS because it evaporates slower, but OSU55 makes a good point about his reason for using it. With your initial sanding, look for the surface to become evenly dull. Any shiny spots/streaks are areas the sandpaper hasn’t reached so the surface isn’t level yet.

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