Waterlox problems, help needed please

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Forum topic by redmosquito1 posted 01-28-2017 06:39 AM 1532 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2017 06:39 AM

Hey all, I decided to go with waterlox original for the walnut toy chest I made for my daughter. I did some test samples of different finishes and I liked the waterlox the best (Arm-R-Seal was a very close second and I wish I went that route now)

Well, before I glued up everything I wiped the edges of the panels with a light coat of the waterlox to seal the edges before they went in. After glue up I resanded everything to 220 and applied a liberal brushed coat of Waterlox and left it. But now anywhere I prewiped the panels it is much lighter in color then everything else, almost like glue blotches. Of course I freaked out, so I called waterlox and asked them what they thought and their suggestion was that it should even out eventually as I apply more coats but I could try to sand it lightly incase it was just an uneven line, kinda like a run or a sag. So I applied my second liberal coat last night and it didn’t change much. Tonight I sanded the back panels with 220 focusing on the spots where I wiped the finish on originally, applied another liberal coat and checked on it after an hour. everything had soaked in but again, not much of a change. On a tip from someone else I applied a liberal coat to front and sides and sanded everything with 320 wet/dry paper flooded the surface again and after 20min I wiped it off. Unfortunately I can still see the spots. I’m planning on putting another coat on tomorrow night with hopes that everything evens out, but I suspect it won’t.

Did I ruin my project? will it even out as I apply more and more coats? What can I do to remedy this issue? Please help

Thank you

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#1 posted 01-28-2017 01:19 PM

Waterlox is intended to be applied pretty heavy and left on, not wiped off, and no sanding between coats. Three to four coats are pretty much required and before that point the finish is going to appear uneven. I think the problem is you are sanding and wiping off excess and putting on extra coats in some areas versus other areas, and that’s messing up the process of layering on finish thickness.

At this point I’m not sure what condition your piece is in with respect to number of coats. I would apply a few more coats and see what happens. Worst case you sand everything back and start over if it doesn’t work.

-- -Dan

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 02:39 PM

I’m a fan of Waterlox. The first coat is always ugly. Second coat looks good and third coat looks great. Normally I apply it with a foam ‘brush’ and put a liberal coat on horizontal surfaces, but only thin coats on vertical surfaces (so that I won’t get sags or runs).

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