Hi all, I am trying to refinish two end tables. The problem I'm having is
after the satin Polyurethane dries I'm left with brushstrokes and a few
bubbles. How do I get a smooth bubble free finished surface? Should I be
using something other than Poly?
Thanks for your help
It is not impossible to get a perfect finish with a brush but it sure isn't
easy. Not without rubbing it out. Depending on how much has to be removed
to make it flat and smooth, 220-240A paper or 400-600 wet paper initially.
After those, 0000 steel wool. After that (if you want more gloss) Johnson's
That's an easy way to rub out a surface. The more traditional way involves
felt pads, pumice in various grades and rotten stone.
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I find poly difficult to work with. That said, a steady hand moving
slow to avoid bobbles to begin with helps a lot. You need to slowly stir to
avoid making bobbles, load the brush properly and keep it even. A lot of it
is just learning the right touch. I need to relearn it every time I do it.
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