I had the table finished and didn’t like the imperfections in the top, most due to crevices in the veneer. It was finished with GF High Perf gloss, which I sanded and recoated with satin. Thinking I could build up enough coats, but after 5 coats each time I sanded & couldn’t get anywhere. I tried wet sanding with 1000 grit as well as rubbing out with steel wool.
ThenI got the idea of grain filling. I had problems right from the start with lines that formed in the Aqua Coat I could sand off, but each time Imapplied finish they reappeared.
So I sanded everything down, filled the grain, and re dyed it. Disaster!! So I gave it a coat of shellac and redyed but no luck. I’ve thought about a gel stain.
I think what’s happened is a I sanded too deeply into the burl.
first pic after grain filling, second pic after dying & shellac