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March 05, 8:27 PM [GMT -5]

I'm pre-finishing oak panel doors before installing, because I don't want to stain/varnish the hinges. In the past I've had bad experience doing one side one day and other side the next, that you see a seam/overlap of the 2 stainings on the edges. What do you think of flipping the door every half hour for a while, doing both sides the same day? If good, just lay the doors on the wood, or cover it, and with what (wax paper, drop cloth, etc.)?

March 05, 3:51 PM [GMT -5]

If you want an excellent "final" sandingjob, use a piece of brown paper bag for a super slick finish following smaller and smaller grit sandpaper finish sanding. Brown paper bag finishing also works well on between-coats application of finishes like urethane.


February 28, 2:32 PM [GMT -5]

Some of the cabinets in our home need to be refinished, but not sure what to get to strip off the old varnish? any ideas

February 02, 4:44 PM [GMT -5]

I've been refinishing furniture for over 30 years and I never sand in a circular method as shown in one of the photos between coats of Poly. Even between coats I always sand/steel wool/scotch pad with the grain of the wood.

February 02, 12:44 PM [GMT -5]

My project is in work currently. This tips state to always sand with the grain but the corresponding picture show circular patterns in use. Is their a time when a circular pattern is acceptable or preferred? How to I handle the project after the final coat?

December 10, 12:55 AM [GMT -5]

You have posted useful tips on Wood Finishing. Thanks for sharing.

June 19, 5:26 PM [GMT -5]

I would like to add, be sure you sand with the grain. even the slightest scratch against the grain will show up like a sore thumb

January 18, 10:42 AM [GMT -5]

Don't overlook the use of disposable foam brushes to get a hair-less, bubble-less, very smooth finish. Just make sure finish is applied evenly and then quickly make a final pass.

I also dry-sand and tac inbetween coates, and for an exceptionally smooth finish I wet-sand with 300 or 400 before last coat is applied.

June 19, 4:59 PM [GMT -5]

Good Information......The reason I looked here, was to get explicit information on applying the poly or varnish. Is there another link i should look for?

April 26, 12:06 PM [GMT -5]

Very helpful information. Thanks for the great instructions and detail views.

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