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post #1 of 2 Old 08-20-2016, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Matte Finish on Wood Table Top

I'm sure this question has been asked a million times, so forgive me for asking it again! I'm a newbie and wanted to know how to go about getting a nice matte finish for a wood dining room table. I have been playing around with minwax fast drying satin poly, but even that is a little shiny for my taste. I've heard good things about Rustoleum matte poly, but haven't tried it yet. I also wondered if that would be ok to use on oil-stained wood since it is water based? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thanks!
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I've noticed that the matte finishes are too shiny for me as well.

Have you tried/considered the satin finishes ? I think those might work. Just a note, make sure you stir the finish in the beginning and during the application to make sure the dulling agents are mixed in. Stir gently, don't shake.

One thing I've had some success with, is to use a scotch-brite scouring pad to dull the finish after it has thoroughly dried...........basically you're randomly scratching the glossy surface up just enough to dull the finish. Those pads are the green ones that are sold in hardware or paint stores. They are not metal steel wool.

The scotch-brite pads work real well for adhesion between finish coats too. Just vacuum the dust real well.

You can use either an oil based poly finish or water based poly finish over oil stained wood provided that the stain is completely dry. You may want to test an unnoticeable area. Just another note: Although the water based finishes have their advantages, they dry quicker. So, you have to work quicker. Personally I like them, but it is a slightly different technique applying them. This is all by brush, of course. And, the brush and brushing technique are the two most important things. Don't skimp on a brush.

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