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Old 05-12-2008, 07:32 PM   #1
 
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I have a customer with a spectacular mohogany wood front door that we finished in "Epithane" marine grade varnish. The finish was applied using air assist equipment and it came out exceptionally nice. She loves the doors and the finish, but she does not like the "high gloss". Epithane is only available in high gloss.
Does anyone have any advice to offer on how to uniformly and safely lower the gloss level of this finish? We did the job about 2 months ago so the varnish is fully cured.
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:36 PM   #2
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We had a similar situation with a different product. These Scotchbrite pads worked well...



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use some fine steel wool and paste wax,,,,,this is a great way to lessen the sheen on high gloss clearcoats,,,,,buff with a terrycloth towel.

keep the tub of paste wax in your van,,,,,it comes in handy for finishing

the rags are combustible,,,
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Are you sure Epithane only comes in high gloss?
I swear I was working on a house spec'd for two coats gloss topped with one coat "matte"
Unfortunately that wasn't my part of the project, so I can't say for sure
I haven't used either...sorry
That's actually why I remembered it
I hadn't used the product before, and the GC rep asked me about it
I thought it was interesting...but that's what he said...a few coats gloss then some matte to "knock down the gloss"
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By golly your right, I looked around for some other Epifane suppliers and found the Matte version of Epifane. I was told from my supplier that the product was only available in High Gloss.

We are going to try rubbing it down to deminish the gloss (without the wax at first). (thanks for all the great advice guys), If that doesn't work, we will lightly sand the doors with very fine wet/dry paper, solvent wash them with Naptha and overcoat them in the Matte version.

I hope she doesn't consider that to be "not shiny enough" now..........

I wonder,...............do you suppose I could mix 1/2 Matte and 1/2 High Gloss for my final coat?
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Of course if you go to far you can all is buff it back up. To a higher gloss. Besides the high gloss will be a harder finish.
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