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    Question from a rookie finisher...

    I have a small project that I have been finishing over the last few days. After applying stain, I applied four coats of General's Seal-A-Cell varnish, sanding with 320 grit in between coats. Here is my question...now that I have applied the fourth and final coat of General's, is that it? Am I to now rub this finish out? I want this item to gleam, and show of the curly maple grain. What am I to do.....if anything?

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    - Keith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Starosta View Post
    I have a small project that I have been finishing over the last few days. After applying stain, I applied four coats of General's Seal-A-Cell varnish, sanding with 320 grit in between coats. Here is my question...now that I have applied the fourth and final coat of General's, is that it? Am I to now rub this finish out? I want this item to gleam, and show of the curly maple grain. What am I to do.....if anything?

    Thanks!!

    - Keith
    I'd put a couple coats of Arm-R-Seal on it now. It's made to go over the Seal-a-Cell. It's a harder finish that polishes well after it's cured.
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    Thanks, Jim.

    Would the Arm-R-Seal get sanded with 320 between coats as well? Also, what would be the ideal method of polishing?

    - Keith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Starosta View Post
    Thanks, Jim.

    Would the Arm-R-Seal get sanded with 320 between coats as well? Also, what would be the ideal method of polishing?

    - Keith
    Yes, it would. Final polish would be to sand to 1000, or more, then use a polishing compound, then wax. I use a Meguiar's auto polishing compound, and prefer Reniassance Wax (it's expensive, but it works well.) I think LV has a micro-crystalline wax that's cheaper, but I haven't tried it yet.
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    Thanks, Jim!!

    - Keith
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    An article on rubbibg out a finish: http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworki.../011119046.pdf
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    Unfortunately, I'm not a member of the Fine Woodworking site, so I couldn't download the PDF file. Thanks anyway, Glenn.

    - Keith
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