Love this place - for every question every answer is an excuse for a new project!
Come to think of it, I don?t think I?ve ever used sanding sealer. Is that the stuff with soap particles to lubricate the sandpaper? How does that impact the clarify of the finish? About as much as regular flatterers would, like for a satin or semi-gloss poly? Sounds like something I need to try.
Unfortunately, as always I?m down to the wire time wise. I?m actually having a guy pick it up on Saturday to move it to my in-laws where we will spend thanksgiving. I don?t know why I never learn my lesson about promising things by certain dates and then putting off important details like finishing! Waterbased poly to the rescue...and a space heater. I?ve done it before and it am not worried but it means I?m stuck with the products I have at home and don?t have time to buy new stuff or learn to use it. Again, more projects!
Anyways, I just hit it with a spray coat of dewaxed shellac from a can, and WOW the colors sure do pop! Tomorrow morning I?m Probably going to brush on a coat of diluted SealCoat, then two or three layers of waterbased poly for protection (throughout the day with sufficient time between). It sounds risky to build up thickness in such a short timeframe so hopefully those few layers are enough to mask the surface roughness.. Suspect they will be but I?ll report back either way.
Thanks again for the quick feedback so I can continue the project!