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post #21 of 22 Old 01-30-2017, 04:32 AM
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Quickstep - in regards to your "favorite finish", do you sand before the steel wool waxing?

My plan was to sand with 400, then a few passes with Johnson paste wax and steel wool. Should I have an added step of 1000 grit? Here's a picture of the final coat I just put on after sanding the previous coat to 400. Recommended next steps? Will 1000 be enough on this coat to knock off those marks (I know, should have gone with a nicer brush...).
Well, I'm not quickstep but it's my favorite finish too :D

400 is a little more coarse than I'd like for the final grit before steel wool, but too high a grit to really work effectively to level out any brush strokes. Personally I'd start with 320, then 400 and finishing at 800 before the wool and wax, that usually gets me a really nice satin finish. If you wanted a nice high gloss, go up to 1000, the 2000, then automotive rubbing compound and finishing with automotive polishing compound. Comes out like a mirror.

Steve already mentioned it, but you really should look into spray equpitment for future use. Its not only handy for shellac, I've used mine to do shellac, lacquer, polyurethane and even stain. They're handy buggers. Shellac especially likes being splashed a lot more than brushed

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By the way on the subject of Spray Equipment, Zinsser makes shellac in a rattle can. It's not ideal, but it might be a solution for laying down a brush mark free final coat after you've got everything sanded level.
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