As a beginner I am still a llttle confused. I am using a wipe-on poly of my own mix. 30% mineral spirits. The work piece is an end table for the living room. It is an older table that I am refinishing. I have read on this forum that you should sand between coats to remove dust nibs etc. While I don’t see a lot of dust nibs there a certainly a few and occassionaly a small thread of lint. If I sand between coats, after a drying time of 6-8 hours but before the finish is “cured”, then It is almost like starting over each time. Even using 600 wet/dry leaves significant scratch marks that don’t entirely get covered up with the next coat.
I have also read on this forum that I should not worry about sanding for dust nibs until the final coat. I have read that this one of the advantages of a wipe-on finish. But if I continue to coat over dust nibs, then at the final coat am I not going to have to sand down a few coats to get the dust nib or lint and thereby require more coats etc.
I have already giving the piece about 4-6 coats (I forget exactly how many) and its looking not too bad but there are dust nibs. Will I be able to get rid of those at the final sanding? My plan is to let the piece cure for a couple of weeks after the final coat and then use a polishing compound to rub it out. Will the polishing compound eliminate the dust nibs. It is an automotive compound. I have used it before on a small box (with a wipe-on poly) with great results. I didn’t have much if any of a dust nib problem with the small box.
Thanks for any help