Flawless Surface Prep

Anxious to put varnish on that freshly sanded project? Well, just hold on for a second!

Anxious to put varnish on that freshly sanded project? Well, just hold on for a second! Before applying the finish, rub the project (with the grain!) with No. 0000 steel wool. You’ll lift sanding dust from the grain and burnish and shine the surface fibers.

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Follow up with a Swiffer Sweeper cloth ($4 a box at a grocery store) to wipe away any specks of dust or steel wool. You’ve now ensured a pristine surface for perfect results with oil-based (not water-based) finishes. Many thanks to Gabriel Shearing for this professional finisher’s tip.

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