Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
A side note on satin finish
When I first started woodworking for a living, I took several finishing classes. One from Star Chemical Company and the other from Mohawk - the manufacturers of the chemicals. and here is what I learned..............
If you want a satin finish, make your first 2 coats using a high gloss finish and use the satin finish as your final coat.
That way, when you look at the finished piece you will be looking at the top coat that contains the stearates or whetever they use now-a-days to knock of the gloss and then you will be looking at a clear shot to the grain. If you build all of your coats with satin you will get more of a lifeless dead look. The stearates are there to difuse the light.
I always bought just High Gloss and then bought a jar of 'flattener'. The instructions on the flattener will tell you how much to mix to a gallon of lacquer to get the desired effect - anywhere from a semi-gloss on down to a dead flat finish. All this is only on the top coat.
Also note that a dead flat finish looks and feels like an oil finish while giving you the protection of a pre-cat lacquer.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx