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Urathaine question.

I'm try an lay a coat of Spar Poly urathain on my table tonight.

It is stained with Olympic stain/sealer.

Should I sand that before I lay the first coat?


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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,400
    edited March 2013
    Yes and in between coats if you are doing more than 1.


    EDIT: I missed the stain part. Did you use an oil-based stain? Then no, only between clear coats.

    If the stain raised the grain of the wood(oil-based typically doesn't) then a light sanding to smooth stuff out.
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,300
    planning on it being thick.
    Thanks 


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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,564
    I wouldn't. I would leave the stain alone and let the first coat of poly get the "hairs" to stand up and then start the sanding process. Just me.
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,300
    I used oil based


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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,400
    You should be good to go. Just sand between coats to eliminate any bumps. They can get magnified with each additional coat.
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  • tgklemantgkleman Posts: 206
    Lots of thin coats typically work better than a few thick coats.
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,300
    for sanding in between coats can i use an electric sander with 220 grit? or is that too strong. I heard someone say just rough it up with wire wool. 


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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,460
    Lightly hand sand is my method of choice. It will give you a better feel for the wood and control. ;;)
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,300
    GrannyX4 said:
    Lightly hand sand is my method of choice. It will give you a better feel for the wood and control. ;;)
    thats what i expected to hear!!
    Thanks!


    @grannyX4   did you ever buy a second egg? 


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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,460
    No second egg in my cards. I went shopping today but for a mortar and pestle. I had a hard enough time convincing MDSH that I needed the first egg. ;;)
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,300
    @grannyX4

    oh I thought you had a thread  little while back about an egg for the RV my bad


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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,460
    Nope, no RV either. I like my feet on solid ground. ;;)
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,300
    Thanks for help guys.

    One coat down!!


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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,564
    The longer you can go between coats the harder the poly...the better results sanding.
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  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 851
    You can also use fine steel wool, usually my choice. And with poly, make all the undercoats gloss (it's harder than matte). If you want to tone down the shine, make the final coat matte or buff down with very fine steel wool. 
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,300
    @hennaple

    Are you meaning hours or days??
    henapple said:

    The longer you can go between coats the harder the poly...the better results sanding.

    le


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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,564
    2 days would be good. At least 1 day depending on temp, humidity, etc...
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,788
    I just hand sand between coats.  Never sand a stain - clear coat it first.  The sanding does two things - it removes the bumps and it gives the next coat a surface to adhere to.   I generally follow the instructions on the paint can as far as number of coats, time to dry between coats, etc.  More thin coats look better than fewer thick coats.  Use a good brush.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,564
    Be sure to drink lots of beer while you watch it dry. Tell swmbo that it's imperative to stay there with it.
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