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Greetings,

Just finished my first staining (2 coats) but for some reason, the finish looks shiny/glossy in some areas, and flat in the others. It's been about 72 hours since I last applied the 2nd coat of varnish. I stirred the can well, and purchased a varnish bristle brush to paint it on. Any advice on how to resolve this?

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OK, first question. What is the brand and the finish of the poly you are applying? Is it gloss, semi-gloss, satin, or flat? The varnishes (other than gloss) have flattening agents in them and this requires the varnish be constantly stirred DURING application as the agents will settle out to the bottom of the can and leave you with varying levels of gloss. The flatter the finish, the more dulling agents, and the requirement for more stirring. It is also possible that the wood absorbed the finish unevenly and thus the variation. Did you sand between coats with 220, or finer, abrasive?
Hi Jim,

I used Sherwin Williams Wood Classics Oil Based Stain and their Satin-Clear Polyurethane. I did a light sanding by hand with 220 Grit before I applied the second coat, but I don't really feel I did much with that grit.
 

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OK, the one coat of stain you applied, did you wipe off the excess? If you applied it like paint and let it dry it could cause the same problem. If you did wipe off the excess you are alright, you just have a soft spot in the wood that absorbed the finish instead of building. More coats will fix it. I would be inclined to just add finish on the dull spots until it catches up and then scuff sand it and apply a coat over all of it.
Yep, I wiped everything off after 1 minute and worked in sections when I stained it. I'll apply some more Poly to the dull spots until the sheen comes out the same. Should I sand between the coats till it catches up, or just wait for it to catch up? Will 220 or finer do the trick for the sanding? Then just to make sure that I understand, once everything is uniform, do 1 final coat of poly?
 
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