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post #1 of 2 Old 11-22-2006, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Varnish !?

I'm finishing a cherry mantle and just can't get a second coat of varnish on without it looking like hell! It looks good once I sand it with 400. Can varnish be polished once sanded to get a nice finish?
As I put on additional coats, it seems to slightly wrinkle and drys rough. I have tryed fast drying oil and poly, in both Sherwin Williams abd Minwax.
Any help out there....
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I'm not that familar with varnish, but I do have a few questions...

What kind of Varnish are you using? For example... Tried & True Varnish has a much different application and drying technique from regular varnish. (This varnish I have experience with.)

How long are you letting it sit? Again... Little varnish experince here, but with stains or gel stains if it doesn't set up long enough you will get a pulling or removal effect that looks like wrinkles.

Generally wax on varnish is the best topcoat. I think anything else (Urethane, PolyUrethane, etc...) would soften it and pull the finish off.


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