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Posted on Durability of Sam Maloof's Finish

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 12:18 PM

Ok, here we go, now before you chastise me on this, try it, it is one of those things, we have done for years and it simply works, as we have discussed sheen is the issue with looking like plastic, and oils in a heavy film like the Arm R Seal are definately more prone to collecting debris, because of the long open time,. The trick we use here with the spray deft, is done to simply lay down a satin sheen ( they have other sheens), it dries super fast and leaves a very thin film, but over time as the finish wears, it remains the same, the lacquer is almost negliable , again we have done this for years, and never an issue, but be sure to test. Just give your Arm R Seal a light scuff with some 600 to be smooth,( it should be dry enough to dust when sanded) and just do a single wet coat, if it needs more let it dry and repeat, You can also rub the finish to a desired sheen, but this is just way too simple and easy , again try it before you knock it, but also be aware your using a flammable lacquer product and take precautions, I also just got some minwax satin lacquer, did well

Don’t want to hammer on this, but when you understand that the sheen is the plastic look, not to say a totally grain filled ,slick surface doesn’t have a more plastic look than a surface that the grain pattern shows, but the sheen is the big deal, here is another example

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