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Do you notice the very fine scratches on the second pic from a bottom right to upper left curve? My last wet sanding was done with 800 grit so I'm lost as to why. It's been suggested that I re-wet-sand using tack cloth between sanding. Any ideas?






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Mark,
Assuming you've moved up through the sandpaper grades:

After the existing coat is completely dry, try using the 3M ultra-fine Scotchbrite pads (instead of steel wool) to work the scratches out.

BTW, the general issue you're seeing is very common on all of my projects; that the imperfections of the PREVIOUS phase (i.e. the 600 grit work on your stock) only show up when I do the 800 grit work. Two steps forward one step back !!! I guess the pro's have better eyes to find those issues before going to the next step.

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If you put scratches into the wood, you have to sand them out.It always pays to inspect and refract the light before deciding to move to the next stage.Patience is a virtue, sadly lacking in most of us.

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Mark --- beautiful job on that lower American walnut stock ! Ken



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Mark,
Salopian is 10000000% right. I'd use 1000 grit next. The wood is really gorgeous! My "recipe" is 25-35 coats of Pro-Custom oil air brushed on with 1000 grit inbetween coats for the last 10-12 coats. PATIENCE!!!! Best, Dr. BILL

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Mark,

That stock is deserving of real cut checkering, is it not?


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Mark, the wood is beautiful!

I see the scratches going across the grain. Am I seeing right? Would that add to
the problem?

As stated above, patience is a must.
I used 1500 grit to finish the stock on my Ideal and it looks rather nice
now after several hand rubbed on drops of a modified "Salopian Formula"
I used. Patience.

JC(AL)


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I tried to see the scratches and can not see the problem? No visible scratches on my monitor.

Try wet sanding with alcohol 91%. I do not add water to any wood for any purpose ever again. Seem strange to me to do that when I've waited for years to stabilize the blank.

What does come through on my monitor is how pretty the wood is.

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I believe he's pulling our leg...I can't see them either.

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I believe Yeti has a good suggestion. Big difference between ScotchBrite and abrasive paper. Thousands of tiny edge scrapers. Sandpaper more analogous to golf spikes drug over the surface. No matter how fine, it's a process of tearing or plowing rather than cutting.

jack

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