High-Gloss Finish Made Simple
Automotive polish makes it fast and foolproof
Synopsis: Learn the secrets to applying a high-gloss finish that brings out the color, depth, and figure in wood. Brushing or spraying alone won’t do it. The secret is applying thin coats of film finish and then polishing them either by hand or machine. Sean Clarke takes you through the steps: sealing the wood, filling the grain, building the finish, leveling the topcoat, and rubbing out to a high sheen.
See how Clarke rubs out the finish using an electric polisher in a companion video.
From Fine Woodworking #206
Nothing matches a high-gloss, rubbed-out finish for enhancing the color, depth, and figure in wood. However, you won’t get this flawless and glossy look from brushing or spraying alone: It is achieved by applying certain types of film finish and then polishing them either by hand or machine.
I recommend shellac or lacquer (not waterbased) for this process. While I’ll…