Rubbing out a WB poly Finish to Satin

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Forum topic by Logan Windram posted 04-28-2013 01:09 AM 1717 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Logan Windram

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04-28-2013 01:09 AM

Anybody use 4 aught steel wool to rub out a water based poly finish and have any issues? I am reluctant to use steel, but synthetic abrasive are, well, synthetic abrasives..

The finish is well cured, will rubbing that surface to Satin with lube and water…

Any rust issues?? How is the ET way to clean up the surface when done??

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 01:12 AM

I like automotive wet/dry sandpaper better. Wrapped
around a block with a little give (like hard rubber or felt)
it works to level the finish too. Steel wool won’t do that.

A better lube for steel wool is mineral oil (baby oil). Water
makes the steel rust and tiny particles can get caught in
the slightest crack or wood pore edge. I suppose you
can extract the filings with a magnet.

I like synthetic steel wool better. I don’t use it a lot
to rub out finishes though… usually just de-nibbing.

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 01:48 AM

I used a gray synthetic pad to rub this to satin:

No lube was used. I used gloss crystalac super premium.

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 03:17 PM

I often top off WB finishes with paste wax, applied with steel wool and buffed rather quickly. It nicks the nibs off and leaves an even sheen with a great touch.



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#4 posted 05-01-2013 11:58 PM

Thanks for all replies..

Lee, when you finish with wax and 0000, is that giving you a satin or gloss luster??

Truth be told, I got my tabletop dead flat and sanded through 1000…. then I notice a strange ripple in a tiny part of the finish…. Yep, rubbed just ever so slightly through….. It must have been a high area or perhaps a slight area of raised grain… Not quite sure…. I was really excited to try these polishing pastes that are supposed to be quicker and more consistent that pumice an stone…. Well, it will have to wait because I think I an going to take the top back to square one…

I plan to go a little thick with the Poly this time, I assume I cut it too close…. Oh well, more fun

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