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steel wool technique

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I'm mostly sure that I'll be using steel wool to satin the top of my OM. For anyone that's tried it, what successful techniques have you used? I was using steel wool in between oil coats and never quite got a uniform sheen, both with the wool freehand and wrapped around a foam block. Now that I'm on the last coat i want to do it right, of course, and avoid any more coats if I mess it up.

I feel like the top needs to loose it's shine, as there are so many nicks in it. A satin effect should help. Poor top had a few growing pains, I'm almost embarrassed to show it! For anyone who doesn't know better, I'll just describe it as a vintage, distressed top, which usually brings in top dollar. :)

seems like shooting pictures in a drying booth is a challenge, I'll have some better ones soon. This final coat is in the middle of it's 1-2 week cure.

Jan 23, 10 | 10:17 am
Ken Hundley

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I would be concerned with trying to satin a "distressed" top. SOme of the dents in it will still be polished dents. If you use steel wool to satin the top, you'll skip over the dents leaving them nice and shiney and obvious.

Jan 23, 10 | 2:17 pm

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I had considered that, but thought if they were more obvious, another coat of oil could go on, and we'd be back were we are today.

Jan 23, 10 | 4:02 pm

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well here's the worst of it. Some of you may remember i had issues scraping down my rosette last year and it's still haunting me. Lesson learned.

more visible in person than on camera, had to get the lighting just right for it to show. I might just look at it for a few days and see how I feel then.

Jan 23, 10 | 5:05 pm

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