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    Varnishing tips?

    Im varnishing the sides of my stairs and was wondering on any tips that people might have as this is the first time i've tried it. I've got my first coat on after sanding the wood down, all done along the run of the grain. Got quite a few more layers to put on. Was wondering how im going to get a decnt shine out of it, as so far it looks fairly matt.

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    a dam good brush and follow the grain fine sanding between coats then finsh with a clear yacht varnish to add shine.

    I use wood dye usally and a rag then rub it in. once done a yacht varnish. fine sand then another coat. looks tip top afterwards

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    Matt the first coat gets sucked up by the wood, as soon as you do coat 3 or 4 it will be shiny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    a dam good brush and follow the grain fine sanding between coats then finsh with a clear yacht varnish to add shine.

    I use wood dye usally and a rag then rub it in. once done a yacht varnish. fine sand then another coat. looks tip top afterwards
    agree with this one - some fine sandpaper rubbing it down along the grain before applying another coat. If you do this 2-3 times and then give it a good quality varnish on the final coat it will look blingin'

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    Try using a two part varnish called PV67, stinks but is pukka

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