I am using Rockhard as a wiping varnish, as a 50/50 mix with Behlen Rockhard Reducer. So I guess it is basically a wash coat. My first time with Rockhard, and when the first coat was just put on and “wet” it is beautiful.
From what I’ve read here, I should get the same end result as if I were brushing it at full strength, just less varnish build up per coat. Therefor more coats. That’s a good tradeoff to me because I don’t have to worry about brush marks.
My question arises because my wood is curly maple. I’ve wiped on 2 coats so far, and these were over aniline dye, 2 wash coats of shellac, glaze and then another coat of shellac (1 pound cut). It appears that where I see the curly grain I am not building up a varnish layer. Why would this be, and will effect disappear after more coats? I can understand that the curl may behave like end grain (maybe one of you will tell me that it IS end grain). And maybe end grain is soaking up the finish, but then again I have 3 wash coats of shellac down already?