How do I get a smooth finish?


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Old 01-11-06, 10:39 AM
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How do I get a smooth finish?

I have some pine chairs that I have stained and applied poly to. They feel rather rough to the touch and I'm wondering what I can put on them to make them feel smoother. I don't want a shiny finish as we are going for a traditional, country look, but I'd at least like them to feel smooth.

Any help is appreciated.
 
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Old 01-11-06, 10:46 AM
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Go over them with a very fine sandpaper and put on another coat of poly. Be sure to remove all sanding residue before recoating. Should take care of it. Are you using a semi-gloss or satin poly rather than gloss?
 
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Old 01-11-06, 11:22 AM
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It takes at least 3 coats of poly to acheive a truly smooth finish. Your first coat of finish will raise wood fibers, which as the_tow_guy mentioned, must be sanded off using 220 grit sandpaper or a 180 grit sanding sponge. It's helpful to lightly sand between coats to remove imperfections. Satin finishes will provide the least shine. You can also dull the finish slightly by rubbing with Xtra fine #0000 steel wool. Be sure you do that in the garage as the steel wool fibers are kind of nasty.
 
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Old 01-11-06, 11:59 AM
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I can't remember if I have semi-gloss or satin poly, but I know it is a wipe-on poly.

When I sand, do I run the risk of altering the color? I'm almost afraid to stain because I don't want to mess up the stain.
 
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Old 01-11-06, 02:40 PM
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Your last sentence doesn't make any sense- I'm guessing you meant that you are afraid to "sand?" because you are fearful you will sand off the stain?

You don't need to be afraid to sand, provided you have a nice even coat of polyurethane sealer over the stain. If you are using 220 grit sandpaper, and just sanding lightly, you have nothing to worry about because 220 when used lightly will not sand off a large amount of finish. If you have any sharp corners, don't sand those- you do run the risk of sanding through the stain in those areas- they should have been eased (slightly rounded) before staining began.

As you sand, the idea is just to remove the roughness. All it takes is a very light once over, and then you clean off the dust and apply another coat of poly, then repeat that process until you have at least 3 coats of finish on.
 
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When sanding if you are scared you are getting close to sanding thru the poly stop, apply another coat of poly and sand some more when dry.
 
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Old 01-12-06, 10:23 AM
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i suspect that when using a "wipe on" poly that your
"build" of finish is minimal.

maybe if you apply 3 or more coats of finish before you sand as stated,
that you will avoid sanding thru to the stain.

also, only wipe an area once with the "wipe on" poly, for you may
create "drag marks" if you come back to an area and it has "set up"
to any degree.
 
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Old 01-13-06, 11:22 AM
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I had a free moment last night, so I tested sanding. I took a piece of 220 grit sand paper and simply wiped it across the wood surface with little to no pressure. Amazingly, the wood was completely smooth after this. So, I plan on sanding everything and then putting another polly coat on afterwards.
 
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Old 01-13-06, 04:26 PM
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Amazingly?

O Ye of little faith.

Glad you're having good results.
 
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Old 01-13-06, 07:01 PM
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Not ye of little faith, ye of little knowledge.
 
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Old 01-13-06, 08:07 PM
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ha ha! keep up the good work.
 
 

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