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06-21-2018 07:40 PM

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So, I’m working on this dining table which features a large redwood slab with a fair bit of figure in it. It’s my first time working with such a porous wood, hence my questions. My typical finishing sequence with walnut has been a coat or two of General Finishes Seal A Cell and then a few coats of Arm R Seal. Using this procedure here on the bottom (floor facing) part of the slab, I notice (not surprisingly in hind sight) I’m still dealing with obvious patches in the curl which are definitely not glossy like the rest of the slab. Obviously it’s getting better the more coats I put on but I’d like to avoid that on the show side of the slab when I do it. In this case, would it be better to do a couple of coats of Seal A Cell, a coat or two of, say, Zinnsers SealCoat, and then the Arm R Seal? I want the oil to show the figure but don’t want to lose it by putting the sanding sealer on first. Of course, I’ve read that shellac has also been overhyped as a sealer so there’s that. Would sanding to a 220 instead of 180 largely fix this?

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