Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
The only difference between high gloss and satin is the ingredient used to break up the reflected light in the satin varnish.
So, for the stupid question... Did you mix the satin varnish thoroughly both before and during your test application. If your answer is "No", they you effectively applied gloss finish to your test piece.
If you really want something not glossy and very touchable use a curing oil finish. If you're not in California, Minwax Antique Oil Finish is highly recommended. This will give a very nice non glossy luster to your project. The down side is that the project will have to be waxed on a regular basis and the finish is not suitable for applications where liquids will be present.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.