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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-23-2020, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Herb Stoops View Post
That is how I learned how to do it years ago,apply the filler first then the stain. then Shellac, then Varnish.

@Barry747 have you tried the MicroMesh System on the ROS? I put on filler,shellac,and 4 coats of urethane, let dry 4-5 days and then go thru all 9 discs and it looks like a Porche fender. The reason to wait for it to dry is so that heat doesn't soften the finish. Use all 9 discs in succession.


I purchased a full set of the MicroMesh 8-hole ROS pads on eBay ($26 shipped) yesterday - will be curious to see how much it improves finishing, et al. Thanks for the reference...

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-31-2020, 05:32 AM
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Hardwood finishers use dust from their floor sanders- the finest dust usually is from the edge sanders- and cut it with enough lacquer thinner for it to smoothly flow and spread it with a metal or hard plastic blade with a swirling type motion to work the goop into the grain from all angles. It is easy to see if you missed a spot. Wear a doo rag so sweat does not drip on your project. You may be able to use other solvents but will need to dry quickly and not swell the wood so not sure that anything but lacquer thinner or equivalent will work hence you might need a respirator....
With a bit of practice you can do a rather clean job like this and a easy wipe down to prep for a coat of finish.
By the way use the dust from sanding the wood you are sealing for a perfect match.
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Hey, Laughingdog; welcome!
Did you mean " lacquer thinner" or lacquer thinned with lacquer thinner?
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lacquer thinner, and yes go fairly lightly with your first coat of sealer whatever it is so you do not drag it out..
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Laughing dog nailed it with purpleheart or any other exotic color wood. Note that Purpleheard often turns brown over time. I'd like to see the finished result. I do love purple heart and often use it for splines, even with the color change. Sealing nelps.

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