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To get a perfect finish sand with 120 grit then 180. Apply whatever stain,varnish, you wish leave till properly dry then final sand with Lubrisil 400 grit then smooth with a damp white spirit cloth.( Damp NOT WET) Re apply stain/varnish lubrisil again wipe with spirit cloth and leave to dry finally buff with a soft rag.


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I usually stain & poly the pieces, cut to size, stain the exposed end-grain, install, putty, then one more coat of poly. So... Stain -> Poly -> Cut -> Stain -> Install -> Putty -> Poly Staining & poly before you cut makes sense when you're doing alot of trim - you can fit alot more material on your saw horses when its in 10' pieces. But if you're ...


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Two part polyurethane is the way to go, Its food safe when hard, and the active hardener makes a really good hard surface. I also like the finish that these products add to the surface, and you typically could add about three layers to make it really bullet-proof. The stuff is a little bit expensive, but well worth the money!.


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In my opinion, you have not made a mistake using the water based poly. I am a firm believer in the protective properties that oil based poly has, and have used it everywhere in all my cabinets I have built for my house and the results have been outstanding. That said, what I know of oil based finishes as a rule, including poly, the finish is very brittle ...



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