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Old 08-06-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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Ok so I'm new at this, I really wanted to create a work of art with my coffee table. I sanded, primed, primed again & again. Sized the surface. Glued my wall paper. PERFECT. Then... 3 coats of polyurethane. Looking great. Then I decided to do one more coat for good luck and IT BUBBLED! Tiny little bubbles that feel like sand. Is there anything I can do to save my table??

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Old 08-06-2013, 01:19 PM   #3
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I think your only chance might be to do another LIGHT sanding. If you can get the bubbles without sanding too deep to get into the wall paper then you will have to coat again with sealant. Lesson I learned is never shake or vigorously stir the sealant you use, that's where bubbles come from. Let the can sit for an hour before you use it. Good luck
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If I lightly sand it, will it turn the layer of lacquer white or scratchy looking? Gosh I'm so disappointed!
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Lightly sand then with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits wipe the white dust off. Then apply light coat of finish.
Wait something puzzles me you said several coats of poly, then you said lacquer.

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Use a very fine grit paper like 200-400 grit wet/dry and you can almost polish oil based poly. Be patient though. It is not going to cut as much as more coarse paper.

A woodworking shop will have other options like brass wool.
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Lightly sand then with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits wipe the white dust off. Then apply light coat of finish.
Wait something puzzles me you said several coats of poly, then you said lacquer.
Yeh sorry I'm new at this. I thought poly & lacquer were the same thing. It's poly that I've used
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