I've put the first varnish (water based) coat on my bare oak stair steps and
railing (I didn't put any staining) and like expected, the wood grain made
the surface rought. From what I understand, I have two options at this
point. I can either sand after this first coat (I have no air bubbles
though) or wait until just before the last coat. I have concerned with both
methods and would like to see what you guys think.
By sanding right now, I'll make the surface smooth again but I'm afraid the
second coat will also make some wood grain rise and therefore I'll have to
sand again (I have over 110 ballustrades and it takes quite some time to
By sanding just before the last coat, I'm afraid some bare wood (where the
grain was sanded down) will only be protected by this last coat.
Are these concerns valid or am I worrying about nothing?