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    Finishing and waxing

    Had a lady specify the staining, polyurethane finish and waxing. Now she is complaining about the buffer leaving buffing streaks. Any ideas on getting a "glass" finish?

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    Not sure how the pad will work with wax, but when I want a perfect finish, I use the 3M Perfect It pad, and polish, but I don't use polyurethane much.

    https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-...3241537&rt=rud

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    Either the polyurethane is inherently too soft to buff properly or its too much wax. Any wax is too much over a polyurethane. Cheers

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    If she asked for was, she did not ask for a glass-like look. I specifically use wax to knock the shine off of a piece. A good lesson in setting expectations for next time. Poly isn't much for a glass-like finish either but, go ahead and strip the wax as a start. What poly did you use? Depending on the variant there may be some rubbing-out methods that will help.
    She said “How many woodworking tools do you need?”
    I said “Why? Do you know someone who is selling some?”


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    As a general comment, polyurethane is good for a full gloss finish provided a good quality 2 pack product is used. Correctly applied it looks like glass straight off the gun. The last sand before the final coat must produce a full flat substrate for that last coat.

    This doesn't help Ronald, however. Removing the wax will help and perhaps encouragement to use the piece so that it shines up with that use. How good are you at selling snake oil? You will need to be good with the last option. Cheers

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