We've sanded, cabinet scraped, sealed, applied layers of poly, and sanded some more. Thge results are okay... but I think two or three lessons have been loearned here:
- if you're not spraying the finish on, then you need to apply poly with an apprpriate brush, and apply slowly, gently , and in one direction only so as to flow the poly on more than paint it on. Very different from painting, say, the wall of a house.
- Tack cloth really should be used to get the surface really clean before applying. I'd been wiping with varying leather gloves and ragged t-shirts, but that doesn't really get the small dust out like a tack-cloth will.
- I've learned a lot about sanding. While 220 and 400 do provide a smooth finish, you need to tart with something rougher to get to a flat surface, and use 220 and 400 (and probably higher) to make that flat surface smooth. Yes, I've been using sanding blocks.
Photo courtesy of my new blackberry bold. Not bad for a phone!