Get the Perfect Varnish on Your Wood

Once you are done building your wood project, there’s a good chance you’ll want to add a varnish in order to add that extra layer of protection and shine. The following are a few tips for getting the perfect varnish on your wood:

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The first thing you’ll need to do is prep your wood by sanding it down. Once you’ve done this, make sure you remove all the dust. Use a vacuum and then follow that up with a lint-free cloth. Once this is done, seal the surface using oil-based polyurethane thinned with mineral spirits. Once you’ve done this, brush on the first coat of polyurethane varnish. Go with the direction of the grain and add a second coat after five minutes. Then wait 24 hours before adding a final coat.

Once you’ve coated the wood, cut away any bumps you might find using a razor blade. After you’ve done this, polish the surface – but only if you had to remove any blemishes. Use an automotive rubbing compound after waiting 48 hours.

Use these steps in order to add varnish to your wood project. For additional woodworking tips, be sure to contact us at Schutte Lumber today.

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