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Old November 30, 2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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glossy finish to satin

Does anyone have any suggestions / experience with taking a glossy wood finish and making it a more satin type? I have refinished a stock using true oil it's very glossy and was wondering about what to use to break the gloss would roten stone be a good choice?
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Old November 30, 2012, 06:31 PM   #2
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If you've properly filled the pores, the gloss coat can be gently rubbed down/off with a pad of OOOO steel wool, then waxed with a good paste wax, like Johnson's.

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Old November 30, 2012, 10:43 PM   #3
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4/0 steel wool, applied lightly. If your finish isn't filled, I'd recommend against using steel wool and instead look at using a very fine grade of wet/dry (like 1200 or finer) paper.

There are some buffing compounds that can also take the sheen off a high-gloss finish. Look in Brownells.
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Old December 1, 2012, 04:02 AM   #4
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Rotten stone is the material of choice for deglossing wood finishes. It will make even a hard finish lose its gloss pretty fast without wearing through the finish. You can get it from Brownells or from your local art supply store or woodworking store.
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Old December 1, 2012, 08:52 AM   #5
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I've had good success using white polishing compound. The finest that you can find. IF you have access to 3M "Finessit" that is even better due to it's consistancy. Finessit is a 3000+ grit polishing compound intended to remove scratches from clear coat of autos and boats. I usually buy a small amount from a body shop.....
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I just scuff up the surface and spray with with Min-Wax Satin Spar Urethane ! Two or three light coats should do the trick . When I say light I mean just looking wet . You may want to mask your checkering , till you apply the last coat . It's rugged stuff , UV resistant , and easy to touch up if you have a mishap !
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Old December 1, 2012, 08:58 PM   #7
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Birchwood Casey makes a stock conditioner especially for this purpose.

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Old December 2, 2012, 08:44 AM   #8
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I'm a four aught steel wool guy. As long the original plastic finish has been removed first.
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