This is super helpful. I do have a dumb question though, Grit recommendations for the light sanding after each coat of poly? Would i escalate grit fine-...ness? each time i sand or just use one grit? Do i use a finer and finer grit for each coat? For some reason i cant attach an image of the projectIt's not too difficult to do yourself....Disclaimer: I'm only a hobbyist at this!
Start by hand sanding with 100 grit, once you've gone completely around the shell then progressively switch to finer grit sandpaper with each hand-sanding session. Wiping off the dust after each pass with mineral spirits or thinner on a clean lint-free rag.
Once you've sanded the shell smooth like a babies behind, wipe the shell clean with thinner and slightly dilute some Minwax polyurethane with mineral spirits and begin brushing on a thin, even coat.
Always use a good clean brush with each coat.
Avoid putting too much poly on at once or you'll have drips.
Work in a well lit area so you can spot any grain areas you've missed.
After your first initial coat, let dry for 12 hours, sand lightly, then do another thin coat.
Repeat these steps until you're satisfied with the depth and coverage of the polycoats.
Sand lightly after each coat has dried. Then apply another coat.
I usually do about 5 initial coats and then a sixth final coat without sanding first.
But you can apply as many coats as you like (if you want a bartop gloss)
Some like to spray on the topcoats, I prefer using a brush.
Gloss or satin finish polyurethane, whichever you prefer.
Then some prefer to use tung oil and buff.
There are plenty of wood refinishing choices for mahogany.
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Any DIY furniture refinishing website will give you plenty of tips, I'm simply relating how I've done my drums.
BTW - Who did your bearing edge work?
Yes, use of finer grit paper for each successive coat would be the best way probablyThis is super helpful. I do have a dumb question though, Grit recommendations for the light sanding after each coat of poly? Would i escalate grit fine-...ness? each time i sand or just use one grit? Do i use a finer and finer grit for each coat? For some reason i cant attach an image of the project