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i recently stripped,sanded and re stained some cabinet doors and all went well except after applying a clear coat sealer and letting it dry the surface has little bumps on it. i noticed that whilst applying the clear coat that there were a few little bubbles while still wet and i'm assuming that the bubbles are now the hardened bumps. should i try to remove these bumps with steel wool and reapply the clear coat or wil i just scratch up the surface? thanks, cj
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cj wrote:

what clear coat did you use? some can be coated over, some can't because the 2 coats won't bond unless the existing coat is abraded.
you can use a card scraper to remove bumps.
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I think he means the original coat, not the new stuff. This sort of thing can happen if any of the old stuff is left behind when you finished sanding.
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harry wrote:

no, he means what is the product, not what is the product name. minwax makes hundreds of products (shellac, poly, lacquer, varnish, oil, and probably some others), and the answer is different depending upon what that product is.
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cj wrote:

Very fine steel wool should do the trick .. it will dull the finish, but another coat of clear should do the trick. I find that there are fewer bubbles to contend with if clear coat is thinned slightly (according to label). Of course, you don't shake it - just stir very gently. Be sure to clean off all dust/residue so you don't get little particles of steel wool in the finish.
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If you shake vs stir many clear coats, that will result in "bubbles" even if it sits overnight before using.
Compare the product directions to what you actually did.
If the bumps are not bubbles then it may be dust. Before applying clear, wipe with a damp cloth and let fully dry. Wipe with a tack cloth right before clear coat.
Other replies addressed re-clear coating.
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