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Old 05-26-2018, 06:33 PM   #21
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Fast horse at 50 yards..... But the crinkling is the result of too much material, too thick. Yes, it's curing top down.



I'll add +++ to the foam brush. I'd used the expensive Epifanes varnish brushes for a long time, but have switched 100% to foam brush for varnish. All foam brushes are not created equal, the ones you'll get at the home centers look the same but are not. JENN is the brand to use, it'll be stamped on the handle.

I'm also in the thinning camp. Even though Epifanes recommends straight from the can for final coats, I always thin. If you're starting on bare wood, thin at least 50% or more for 1st coat. 50/30/20/10. The graininess will fill in if you wetsand between coats. I remove the sanding residue with Dawn & water, wipe dry and then even things with a scotchbrite pad. I prefer a wipedown with denatured alcohol over acetone, acetone doesn't always play nice with the varnish. And.. a tack rag just ahead of the varnish. More coats = that mirror deep finish. No shortcuts to a high gloss.



















Cant argue with those results looks fantastic
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Old 05-26-2018, 06:52 PM   #22
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When viewed from 30 feet itís acceptable. LOL!!!!
The "good from far but far from good" finish..............
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Lots of good advice!
Since you are using the Petit product, follow the Petit advice. Your orange peel will thank you for doing so.
Next time, when you switch to Epifanes, like the rest of us have done, follow the Epifanes advice set out above. Then you will have the results shown.
I have used foam brushes, but I still prefer the Badger hair brush. The finer hairs leave a much finer finish than any other brush and I can lay on as much or as little as I want. I can't do that as well with foam.
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I'll strongly third the JENN foam brushes. They are the ONLY ones I use. I have to order them and keep a stock way ahead.
Amazon or I've gotten them recently from Lee Valley Tools. In the US "Veritas"

All the others I have tried are a waste of time and money and I have tried a few brands. Too soft, fall apart, don;t hold varnish and so on.

I use Interlux Schooner spar varnish and always the first coat is cut approx. 30-40%.
Coats thereafter are cut ~ 10%.

Agree also to wait untill it fully hardens, then WET sand with 220 grit which will flatten most of the ridges. As you build later coats then the few valleys will fill in unless of course you really sand it untill the valleys disappear.
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When viewed from 30 feet itís acceptable. LOL!!!!
Barely.......
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