Prepare to sand it again, and again, and again.

Varathane Polyurethane and all the fun equipment to start finishing.

Varathane Polyurethane and all the fun equipment to start finishing.

Today, was sealing time. You want that furniture to last. So, what do you do, you seal it in polyurethane. There are various types of finish on the market, oil based, water based, wipe on, brush on, spray on, satin finish, semi-glossy, glossy, just to name a few. Hey, I like to look at wood grain and the colors brought out by the stain on the wood, so I chose to go with a satin finish. Here’s something to think about when buying polyurethane, fast dry? or fastest dry? Nope, your new to furniture refinishing, SLOW DRY!!! Look, your going o make mistakes and mistakes take time. I recommend just going with a slow drying finish. Now, I am very pleased with tonight’s coat of polyurethane, but it will require some finish work, a second or possibly a third coat. Dripage, can be an issue, how do you know when your putting too much on, or too little. Well to be honest, there are several tricks to keeping the first coat of sealer flat and even, without drips or runs, I unfortunately don’t know these tricks yet. I will wait approximately 72 hrs for this coat to seal, I will return to the top layer with a 440 grit piece of sand paper and smith smooth out the bumps ridges and runs. This allows a second coat to really adhere to the furniture and appear to be layered like glass. For me I applied this first coat with a simple $0.99 paint brush. I will try to use a roller and a small paint brush to keep the consistantsy of the   top coat. Below you can see what a first coat appears to look like while drying. Don’t freak out with minor imperfections, it can be fixed, thats the whole fun part of this, making it right the way you want it.

Runs and build up.

Runs and build up.

Brush marks.

Brush marks.

Getting better as you go...

Getting better as you go…

Finished, but needs to dry.

Finished, but needs to dry.

 

 

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