Shine/polishing natural wood

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by SpeedyRK, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. SpeedyRK

    SpeedyRK New Member

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    Hello, I was wondering if I could get some advice for how to protect a natural fork slingshot and to get that high gloss and extremely smooth coating which I see on all the wooden slingshots. I used 3 coats of polyurethane and it is still pretty rough, is it just the wood I am using or should I actually get some wood furniture polish? What do you guys use?<br><br>Much appreciated <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  2. CaptainBacon

    CaptainBacon Knowledgeable Man

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    What sandpaper grit are you finishing with? <br><br>Also, 'Merica!
     

  3. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    i use varnish but as captainbacon said, what sandpaper grit is your finish??
     
  4. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    Well, for the polycoating, the initial sanding isn't that important. <br><br>What is more important is how you apply the the poly. If you want a smooth surface, you have to do this<br><br>- dip the frame into the poly<br>- immediately put it in a place where there is NO dust, like the inside of a cupboard<br>- before the final layer, lightly sand again to remove all impurities<br><br>If you want the smoothest poly job possible, use very fine sandpaper (1000 or higher) after the last layer has completely dried (24 hours waiting time). Then, use car chrome polish and buff up. This will give you a glass like finish that is absolutely, totally smooth. But it is a time intensive method.