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Finished walnut not shiny enough for client

by shoichi
posted 08-04-2017 08:40 AM

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#1 posted 08-04-2017 10:27 AM

So is the table not shiny enough or are you trying to maintain the finish?

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Bill White

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#2 posted 08-04-2017 11:08 AM

An automotive rubbing compound will polish the table. Maguire’s makes some good stuff. Rub out and wax (not auto wax).

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#3 posted 08-04-2017 11:14 AM

With the concoction used I doubt there is much of a film thickness to be rubbed out. Putting some coats of just poly will add sheen and build film thickness which can then be rubbed for desired sheen.

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#4 posted 08-04-2017 11:50 AM

OSU55 is right on. I use a similar concoction but just a 50/50 mix of oil and poly for the first coat. Then reduce the oil by 50% for each succeeding coat. Usually, for items that will see lots of use, a couple final coats of straight poly. With light sanding between coats. To finish it off, a rub down with Johnson and Johnson paste wax applied with pads of Liberon wool.

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