My efforts continue to create a glossy lacquered finish on a piece of
After my previous experiments it became clear that I would need to
fill the grain with something before applying lacquer. To verify this
I tried using some "natural" grain filler, and the result was nice and
smooth and quite glossy:
But for the real thing I needed something transparent, as the presence
of the "natural" grain filler was very obvious. So I bought some
clear cellulose sanding sealer. After 3 coats of this the wood was
looking quite good, from a distance and in the right light:
I was hoping that I would be able to sand that and then spray
lacquer. Unfortunately, from close up and especially after sanding,
many small bubbles are visible in the grain:
These bubbles weren't evident immediately after applying the sanding
sealer. It's possible that I wasn't looking carefully, but I also
wonder if air from deeper in the grain has risen while it was drying.
Or perhaps it is because I had wiped the wood with white spirit
("mineral spirits") beforehand, and its vapour has come out of the
wood under the sealer.
Any suggestions, anyone?