Thank you all for your suggestions:
Theo, actually the table will be view daily under sort off a “raking” light. The table will be situated between a sectional and a 3 pane sliding glass door. When the sun is up, and it usually is in Florida, it will show the blotches if you’re sitting on the sectional looking across the table. That’s why I have the concern about the blotches. In my old home in PA, before I moved to FL, I wouldn’t care because, in that case, you’d be right. I do have some projects that I’ve completed with a “good enough for government work” mind set. This can’t be one of them
Herb, I bought a micromesh kit that contained small squares of all the grits. I used it on a name plaque that I had to repair after one of my grandsons broke his. After gluing I had to sand the whole front surface and I refinished it with the Zar 50/50 since I had it around. After it cured I micromeshed, if there is such a word, up to 6000 and it was so shiny that it looked like it was coated in plastic. Because the table will be used every day we decided on a semi-gloss finish. We think that gloss will show every tiny scratch. The semi might too, we’ll see. I do have some project in mind where I might go for the “grand piano” finish. First, I have to finish this %$#@#(* table top.
I never heard of the Lundmark wax. I have regular Johnson’s that I use on my cast iron surfaces, Briwax which I never really loved and don’t use it much and Renaissance wax which I have used on small projects with good success. I do like that the Lundmark contains carnauba wax. I add carnauba into my home made cutting board wax to add hardness. So, for a coffee table, that will get daily use, what wax would you recommend?
If I have to, I can bring the table into the house to finish it but I’m concerned about the solvent smell.
Dan, I’m taking your advice and will contact customer service at UGL, the manufacturer of ZAR and see what they suggest in terms of the mix, the temperature and humidity and the way I’m applying it. I will post any response I get since it might be useful to other forum members who live in hot and humid conditions.
Steve, thanks for your vote of confidence. I’ll try to live up to it.
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