I applied 2 coats of gloss varnish, sanding lightly between coats, and
it looked fine. The final coat of satin varnish (Pratt-Lambert 38
Clear), when viewed almost from on edge, looks streaky. Is there a
way to avoid that?
It sounds to me like the flattner in the satin had settled out and that
you did not stir the solution well enough to distribute it evenly
throughout the can. If this is the problem then the only solution is to
sand it down and start over. JG
Dan Grayson wrote:
Depends on what caused it. Best guess you either didn't stir the finish well
enough to get the flatteners into full suspension or didn't periodically
Best way to avoid that kind of problem is to learn to rub out the finish to
the gloss you want.
This has happened to me, applying Minwax satin oil-based over gloss.
I found the satin did not adhere to the underlying gloss as well as
the gloss layers adhered to each other.
I would lightly sand your topmost gloss surface to present a rough
surface for the satin to adhere to.
And as others have recommended, stir well! Every 5 minutes while
working. (My new can came with the flattening agent all settled to
the bottom... getting it mixed again was extremely difficult!)
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