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Forum topic by Joeham posted 02-19-2018 03:27 PM 482 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2018 03:27 PM

Hi all, I’m new to this forum and to woodworking and could use some advice. I have just finished a bar top with 8 wipe on coats of Waterlox OS. I lightly sanded with 320g after the 7th coat and it’s pretty smooth maybe not as smooth as I want it. My question is what should I do next, leave it as is, rub out, wax, etc? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-19-2018 05:18 PM

Well may ways to skin that cat. I love waterlox. Use to use it all the time on cherry till water finishes got really good.

I did wine cabinets with bubinga veneers on top. for the top, after making sure that last coat (sprayed) was at least a week old, I’d rub out with mineral spirits and autobody sandpaper to 1500grit. For the sides I did mineral spirits but only to 400.

It’s glass smooth and the one i kept for the wife, is still in great shape today 11 years later.

I still think nothing beats the amber hue of waterlox on cherry.


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#2 posted 02-21-2018 06:02 AM

Here’s a tip I received from Brian Miller, a professional finisher: After the varnish has dried for several days, you can mix 1 part mineral oil & 1 part paint thinner, brush this on the surface, then wet sand the oil with 1500 wet or dry. Wipe the oil slurry off, surface should be very smooth.

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