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#1 posted 09-24-2020 08:08 PM

I use a Johnson’s paste wax finish to keep items clean until I poly a batch. The wax is renewable, strippable, and let’s the natural grain and color show. This is the only finish on lots of smaller projects and buffs nicely. I’ve easily gotten a lustrous shine on coffee table sized surfaces with just a good hand buff.

For a “real” finish I do two coats of 50%-50% thinned poly followed by a final coat of 100% poly. The first coat is lightly rubbed out with 00 steel wool or 400 grit, 2nd with 000 steel wool or 600 grit and final coat with 0000 or 1200 automotive wet/dry. All of that with a final coat of Johnson’s and a hand buff.

Just about every woodworker has their own special recipe. There is no “right” answer.

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