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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-03-2010, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Default Refinishing kitchen table- Varathane Questions

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Im new to this forum and found it while looking for help with refinishing my kitchen table. Im hoping your expertise can help me out as this is the first wood-working type project I've ever attempted.

I am almost finished, however am running into issues with applying Varathane. I've stained the table with 2 coats stain, prepped for Varathane and applied two coats of Varathane Semi Gloss.

Between the 2 coats of Varathane I let it dry for 12 hours and felt the top-it was a bit rough (air bubbles and drying effects). I then lightly hand-sanded with 320grit (wet-type, if that matters) sandpaper. This left a sanded-dirty look to the first coat of Varathane which is to be expected as the gloss has been scratched.


After tacking off, I have applied a second coat of Varathane and let it dry 12 hours. I am now thinking of sanding it with 600grit paper to perhaps minimize the sanded-look to the dried top and remove brush strokes. Will this help?

What I am worried is that the feel of the top after it is sanded is what I want- it feels smooth as it should. BUT the look of it after sanding leaves dust and the typical sanded-look.

How do I complete a third and final coat of Varathane, while still having the smooth feeling of being sanded, without sanding and ruining the finish?

Any help is appreciated!
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I have never sanded a final coat of varathane. One you have your second coat sanded smooth as you want it, try thinning the varathane - 50% thinner, 50% Varathane, (makes sure you use the proper thinner - mineral spirits for oil based, distilled water for water based) and apply one last coat of this. Should get rid of the sanded look and leave a smooth finish.

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Okay, I finished the project after speaking with a very knowledgable lady at the wood finishing store in town.

She explained some of the following and I made sense of the rest:
After applying the first coat of Varathane the surface is naturally a bit rough from the wood grain reacting with the varathane. Applying a second coat and sanding, then a third coat will ensure it is purely the varathane layers that you'd be sanding and not that borderline thin varathane-wood grain.

All in all, I was easily able to add my third coat, which still had a bit of drying roughness to it, and then I sanded it without any issue of scuffing the surface.

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