I'm making a little pen box to put a wedding pen in. I have really been struggling with finishing it. It is made out of some curly maple. Started, after sanding the box to 400 grit, with Deft Clear Wood Finish, Gloss. Applied 3 coats 30 minutes apart as per instructions. It had some "orange peel" Which I didn't like. Not a lot but I really wanted a very smooth glossy finish. So I sanded back to smooth and sprayed it with Deft Polyurethane Glossy. First coat looked good. Added a second coat and walla it started "crinkling"! What a mess. So I took all the finish off, and went back to the Clear Wood Finish. Now I have some orange peel again. The question I have, can I buff the orange peel out? If so what with" Tripoli and wax? Or, would a rubbing compound work? Or, am I better off just living with a little orange peel. No one at the wedding will notice it, but it bothers me. I do not want this to be a major project, I just offered to make it for my neighbor to use at the wedding guest book.
The pen turned out pretty good. It is a Triton roller ball hardware, with white holly. The pen and box are going to Pete Simmons for a little engraving.