I have been reading articles on surface preparation for years, but I’m stiill not happy with my finishes. We use mainly woods – cherry and Hondorous mahogany. I sand with 220 grit all the time before applying a stain (we are now using gell stains and varnishes). It seems that the stain sits on the surface, and I don’t get any character of the grain to the finish. People are now saying that finish with 150 grit may be better. What do you suggest to get better grain enhancement? Should I sand between coats of stain? Should I sand between the coats of varnish? What grits should I use.
Thank you for any suggestions.
Edited 12/15/2008 9:08 pm ET by KenMo