Wood Finishing

One key to a good finish is a smooth surface, because your finish will only be as smooth as your wood Sand your project with progressively finer grits of sandpaper. It really does work although I did it several times before the white stain completly disappeared. The paste wax (00212 Staples paste wax) will fill the tiny scratches left behind by the sandpaper and give you a low luster finish much like one or two coats of oil. Test the solvent on a scrap of finished flooring first to be sure it doesn’t dissolve the finish as well. The finish should be sanded to at least 800 grit before applying the 2L. Supplied in paste form, the products can be made to work easier by spritzing with a bit of water during use. Within 24 hours of applying your seal coat, brush on a coat of finish right from the can.

If you wish to have your wood appear warm and golden like it does with a varnish finish, you will need to tone the urethane with DMX dyes which are available through your local auto paint stores. One last option is to try the epoxy again…this will be our family dinner table (hopefully for a ling time) so I would like a tough finish and if a polished surface is a bad idea…I’m open to adjusting. Jeff Jewitt’s, Great Wood Finishes and Bob Flexner’s, Understanding Wood Finishing both have excellent sections on rubbing out a finish, along with everything from detailed information types and properties of wood finishes to the basic finishing dos” and don’ts” that every woodworker should know.

You can use this process on all of your wood products whether the wood is natural like Teak Wood or has a lacquered surface. Briwax, which is available in a variety of colors as well as clear, should be applied to bare wood by rubbing in a circular motion to force the wax into the wood’s pores and then wiping with the grain to eliminate any streaks. Once the pores are filled and the surface is flat and smooth, we can begin applying finish.


When dry, lightly sand the spot flush and smooth with the floor then apply a thin coat of a compatible finish to the spot. For new wood or old wood in GOOD CONDITION, use a random orbital sander (Dewalt makes the best, you can’t miss ’em, they are yellow!). One drawback to using these water based products, is their minimum application speed of 2,500 RPM, which limits their use on the lathe to smaller projects that can be turned fast enough to allow the compound to cut.

I generally rag it on. The water from the sponge acts as a wood conditioner and guarantees a uniform appearance with little chance of splotching. Exploded-tip synthetic brushes (each strand is divided into multiple strands at the tip) may introduce air bubbles into the finish. A friend of mine, known for nice work but rough finishes, does his finish work in his dusty shop. If polishing is required, it’s best to wait several days for the finish to cure.

You can always add a bit more, but if you apply too much compound, you may burn right through the finish, or load the pores of the wood with compound. Before filling the grain the stock should be sealed You will not be able to get a sealer deep into the wood once the wet sanding process begins. Matte and semiglosse varnish contain flatting agents that will prevent you from ever rubbing out to a high gloss.

I had already sanded with 2400 grit and refinished by the way, but after the finish was applied, the stain showed through. I restored the high gloss finish of my badly worn 7′ long solid cherry dining room table by buffing with this product for about five hours using a Black & Decker WP900 6-Inch Random Orbit Waxer/Polisher. Small pieces will get imbedded in the finish and rust when you put the next coat on. A power buffer works fast, but you can do a fine job on smaller areas with no more than a terry cloth washcloth and a bottle of compound.

Removing dents from wood surfaces is quite straightforward as pointed out by. 7 Add a few droplets of demineralized water to the dent and let it soak in. Then put a clean cloth over the dent and place the tip of a hot iron on the cloth that lies immediately above the dent, taking great care not to burn the wood. Poly isn’t the best candidate for rubbing out but I know folks have done it successfully. You will get the best results if you allow the finish to cure for several weeks before rubbing.