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Forum topic by coalcracker posted 12-13-2019 12:03 PM 266 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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coalcracker

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12-13-2019 12:03 PM

I’m ready to Arm-R-Seal a sycamore cookie slab table with a dominant crack about 9” long and up to 1/2” at its widest. I’ve filled the crack with epoxy and sanded the end grain down to 220 and the sides down to 120.

On the sides, the epoxy has some moderately visible scratches that are less noticeable but still there after testing with mineral spirits. Epoxy on the top, sanded to 220, is barely noticeable after mineral spirits. It would be nice to clean up the surface of the epoxy some more if possible. The dominant method I’ve read about for buffing out epoxy scratches seems to be finer and finer grit sandpaper followed by buffing pads.

However, I don’t see how I could limit my sanding/buffing to the epoxy without also sanding the immediately adjacent wood; then, I will have strips of super-sanded and buffed wood on either side of the epoxy, which will presumably stand out from the rest of the normally-sanded wood after poly.

Am I thinking correctly?


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 12-13-2019 12:10 PM

Yep. If you need to go to 300, or higher to remove the visible scratches, then do the same for the wood.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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