A Pro’s Secret to a Perfect Finish
Use a grain filler to get a deep, lustrous look
Synopsis: Ever wonder how the pros get that smooth, mirror finish on furniture? No doubt they have great technique, but they also have a secret weapon: commercial grain fillers. You can sand and apply a slurry of finish and sanding dust, which many woodworkers do, but the labor and time involved are hefty. A commercial oil- or water-based grain filler is the better option. Finishing pro Peter Gedrys explains when to use a grain filler, how to get the best results, and the pros and cons six of different brands of filler.
You may have admired the mirror finish on a piano or wondered how expert finishers get that dead-smooth clear coat on fine furniture. The secret isn’t just in sanding or spraying, but also in an intermediate step called grain, or pore, filling. Unfortunately, this step often gets eliminated because it can be messy, a bit time-consuming, and at…