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Forum topic by avsmusic1 posted 04-14-2018 12:22 PM 435 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2018 12:22 PM

I need some help on salvaging what was supposed to be a quick project. I am building a very simple Padauk bench for my kids play room. It’s my first time finishing an exotic wood. I did some (not enough) research before starting and decided to wash it in denatured alc in an attempt to dissolve surface oil and then hit it w/ Arm-R-Seal. I’m a couple coats deep and it’s still tacky after 48hrs so I’m thinking it’s time to start over.

So here is where I need help as I’ve never had to do this. I’m hoping for help on 2 things
1. What’s the best way to approach the striping w/out ruining the wood
2. How to approach finishing thereafter

I’m open to any ideas, but after some additional research I’m starting to think steal wool and denatured alc may work to strip. I can give it a thorough once over and let it dry another 24hrs thereafter. if everything looks good and dry I’m thinking dewaxed shallac and then hit it w/ the ARS again once it’s sealed

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#1 posted 04-14-2018 11:33 PM

Well… I went at it w/ alcohol and then some sand paper and we’re back to bare wood

Any reason a coat of shellac followed by ARS wouldn’t work? Should I bite the bullet and pick up a water based finish like GF high performance instead? I have the ARS already so I’d like to use that up so long as it won’t be a repeat of the last few days

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#2 posted 04-14-2018 11:38 PM

Can’t go wrong with shellac but it sounds like a finish problem not a wood problem

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#3 posted 04-15-2018 12:23 PM

I had questioned if the ARS was just too old (about a yr) as well but I put a little on a scrap piece of cherry I had lying around and it hardened up just fine

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