Antique Oil Finish

Old 07-12-01, 10:55 PM
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I finally finished refinishing my cedar chest. It came out excellent except for one thing. The finish on the lid isn't even. When the light hits it you can see uneven-ness of the Antique Oil Finish that I used. (The lid doesn't look like one piece of wood, dull in areas and shiny in others) My question is this: Can I use very fine steel wool to blend it all in or is this not the way to do it? Your advice has always been helpful George. The directions did not say anything about sanding in-between coats and I used 3 coats.

Old 07-13-01, 04:48 PM
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There are times when I'm giving instructions that I assume things not in fact - and leave something out. Sanding is suggested between coats of many finishes. Rubbed on oil finishes can get by with a rubdown with steel wool in between coats. It will certainly even the sheen in your case.

I suspect, however, that a good rub with steel wool (0000), a wipe down to remove the debris, and one more coat of the oil finish will get better results.

Of course, if it looks all right after the steel wool, why bother? Good enough IS good enough.
Old 07-13-01, 09:25 PM
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Thanks again, George!


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