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Avoid Pore Filler with Waterlox

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

By Matt Shields

Wood species such as White Oak have a lot of open pores that can make varnishing a hassle. Many woodworkers will reach for pore filler, but the colors often don't match.

The solution? Avoid it altogether. Perform some wet-sanding, as described in the video, to fill the pores with dust from the same piece of wood.

It also makes it super smooth.

Required items:

- Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish

- 400 grit Wet/Dry Sandpaper

- Anything with flat surface

- Vacuum and/or Tack Cloth

- Protective equipment (gloves, respirator, ventilated area, etc)

Here's how I do it:

1. Sand to 220grit.

2. Vacuum and Tack Cloth to remove dust

3a. Apply liberal 1st Coat of Waterlox with brush

3b. Wet-sand with 400grit wet/dry paper. Wipe clean with lint-free shop towel. Wait 48 hours

4a. Dry sand with 400 grit paper. Vacuum and Tack Cloth to remove dust.

4b. Apply 2nd coat of Waterlox with brush or lint-free rag.

4c. Wet-sand with 400 grit paper. Wipe clean with rag. Wait 48 hours

5. Repeat 4a thru 4c until desired finish is achieved.

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