Rubbing Out the Finish for Illustrious Surfaces with Mitch Kohanek July 31, 2022
What does it mean to “rub” out that last coat of shellac, lacquer, varnish, urethane, or water base finish? There are two points to obtaining a successful rubbed out finish. First, how does the coating feel? It should have a nice smooth finish that is pleasing to the touch. Next, how to create a desired sheen? The sheen is the amount of light reflecting from the surface that is pleasing to the eye. Dry sanding, wet sanding, steel wool, synthetic steel wood, pumice and oil and rubbing compounds are all options from which to choose. Wax and polishes are also choices to be considered using for the “finishing of the finish”. Students are encouraged to bring to class several finished flat panels with cured coatings to be rubbed out during the workshop.