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#1 Nick Feola

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 03:57 PM

I put a coat of GF arm-r-seal on a project yesterday. i want to hit it with 0000 steel wool and put my next coat on but im not sure how long i need to let it set up in between coats. what's a good rule of thumb? it is inside a room approximately 62 degree temp. btw, the wood is walnut if it makes a difference.

#2 Paul-Marcel

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:06 PM

It should't feel tacky when you press on it. Should dust when you sand it. Here in Arizona, I routinely can apply the second coat 2 hours after the first. Second to third requires a bit more time. Those are somewhat thinned and this is Arizona (did I mention?) Hard to say the rule of thumb. I'd suggest you keep an offcut of the project and apply coats on it as well as your project; apply them after your project. You can then test when you think it's good to go by trying to sand it lightly with 600 grit; if it dusts, you're fine. If it snots, wait longer. Use it as a Litmus test.
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:08 PM

I typically wait 24hrs... But that's probably a bit long. However, I don't have any issues with it being gummy.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:14 AM

I apply a coat in the morning and another in the evening.

#5 Nick Feola

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:24 AM

I apply a coat in the morning and another in the evening.


How long do u allow the final coat to cure before buffing with a paper bag or fine grit abrasive?

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:42 AM

Usually by the last coat. The finish is good to go and no need to rub out. But if I was going to rub it out. The longer it drys the better. A week, two weeks is even better. The longer the better.....did I just say that. ;)

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 11:51 AM

Update: the finish went on and came out beautifully! Thank you all for the help and advice.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 01:40 PM

That's what makes this place great! Any pictures to post?

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 11:01 PM

That's what makes this place great! Any pictures to post?


I posted some pics over in the general woodworking talk section





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