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 Post subject: A trick I learned for final clear coat rub-out.
PostPosted: Nov Wed 27, 2019 3:55 pm 
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At the advice of many I was going to finish my clear coat with 0000 steel wool and paste wax, then a thought came to me. Howards Restore-A-Finish slightly melts the finish and adds a tint of color. Why not use that?! Wow, does it work beautifully. The steel wool glides like it's on glass and the slight melting action removes any scratch marks. I actually did it twice and then finished with Howards beeswax (a must). The finish feels like touching a polished granite surface. I wonder if anyone else finished a clear coat in this manner?


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 Post subject: Re: A trick I learned for final clear coat rub-out.
PostPosted: Nov Sat 30, 2019 11:46 pm 
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Howards Restore-A-Finish slightly melts the finish


Really?


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 Post subject: Re: A trick I learned for final clear coat rub-out.
PostPosted: Dec Sun 01, 2019 12:30 am 
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DKinYORKpa wrote:
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Howards Restore-A-Finish slightly melts the finish


Really?

Yes! It feels so smooth with the 0000 steel wool on the final clear coat, but there's a slight "bite" feel. When I wiped it with a rag, it looked like glass. I actually did it twice. It seems to take out those last light buff marks. A least it did for me.


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 Post subject: Re: A trick I learned for final clear coat rub-out.
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I agree with you on the Howards. It comes out almost to shiny on the older cabinets. I used it on the cheap Guild radios when I was collecting them. It did a beautiful job on those cabinets.

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 Post subject: Re: A trick I learned for final clear coat rub-out.
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There's nine different colors you can get it in, but most stores will only carry two. I have a can of Neutral that I used on a light colored radio and it made it look a lot better. So yeah, I can say it works. It doesn't just stain the scratches. I've heard that this is the brand that most antique furniture dealers use.
https://www.howardproducts.com/files/products/Restor%20A%20Finish.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: A trick I learned for final clear coat rub-out.
PostPosted: Dec Sun 01, 2019 8:19 pm 
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There's nine different colors you can get it in, but most stores will only carry two. I have a can of Neutral that I used on a light colored radio and it made it look a lot better. So yeah, I can say it works. It doesn't just stain the scratches. I've heard that this is the brand that most antique furniture dealers use.
https://www.howardproducts.com/files/products/Restor%20A%20Finish.pdf

Be aware my post is about using Howards on a freshly clear coated cabinet for the final buffing. With the fresh coating you get much more of a biting action than with a old finish.


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