WOOD FINISHING: Glass-Smooth Results With Polyurethane

WOOD FINISHING: Glass-Smooth Results With Polyurethane

Are you discouraged with the quality of finish you get on wood? Power buffing can fix that. Watch this simple technique in action and you won’t be disappointed any more. I discovered this method more than 20 years ago and it’s perfect for the home DIYer. Here’s a link to the place I buy my rubbing pads for this technique: https://bit.ly/2Xlernx

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50 Comments

  1. Skepti Cat on March 20, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    What a GREAT video! Thank you so much! How long do you need to let those four coats "cure" before you try this technique?



  2. Dr. Vito Spadafino on March 20, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    If you don’t have a random orbital sander, could you use a standard orbital sander or would it be better to just do all 3 steps by hand?



  3. Jack Healy on March 20, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Great tip, very useful. Thank You!



  4. C C on March 20, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Going to try this on my dark walnut butcher block but I have only applied 2 coats of Varathane oil based polyurethane. Already I see pockets, dust, and other stuff. If I apply two more coats and then do this technique, youโ€™re basically saying that it sands down everything so itโ€™s the same level, just high enough off the base so it doesnโ€™t knock off the stain right?



  5. Dennis Bennett on March 20, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Awesome video. Shows results and how to obtain the results!



  6. mrunderhood on March 20, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Great tips. Would think a darker stained sample might have displayed the results much better.



  7. MisterKnitter on March 20, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Very informative and helpful. Thanks very much for these great tips!



  8. greg randol on March 20, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    This time I will do it manually with the help of Woodbex designs.



  9. Stop Wars on March 20, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    Styrofoam sanding block (Sandpaper) on the outside..I didn’t have a spare wood cut yesterday but loads of Styrofoam, never occurred to me ๐Ÿ‘



  10. J Pweek on March 20, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    why do i want wood to look shiny? Nothing puts me off more than shiny wood. The whole point about wood is so it looks natural.
    I dont know, must be agenerational thing. I see shiny wood, I think old junk.



  11. 1zebula1 on March 20, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Can you use this method with laquer finish?



  12. Kiowan918 on March 20, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Similar effect can be obtained by wet sanding, I just finishing a dining table, tried brush on satin poly on the legs and wasn’t too happy, not happy enough to use it on the table top, so i used spray on poly and it came out fairly rough due to dust and wotnot, ran it over very very lightly with wet 400 grit and it came back with a very smooth matte sheen, if it’d gone to 600 or higher it’d do the same but start getting a gloss to it.



  13. Julia Barth on March 20, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    This video is SO HELPFUL and concise. Iโ€™m working on my first furniture restoration project and this helped immensely with my finishing process. Thank you!



  14. Robert Davies on March 20, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Do NOT use this technique if your orbital sander has hook and loop. It will grab onto the green pad and will retain some of the green particles on the H&L of the sander. Absolutely do NOT use the fine tune white pad with a H&L orbital sander. It virtually becomes permanently mounted to the sander. Iโ€™m headed to the store now to buy a new sander.



  15. Lisa Wieland on March 20, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Too bad it doesn’t work. ๐Ÿ™ Yeah, it FEELS smooth afterward, and–from a distance–the surface seems shiny, but when the light comes in from an angle, you can see the fine scratches in the surface. ๐Ÿ™



  16. Mike S on March 20, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Can you tell us what super fine pad you used?



  17. kamikazeari on March 20, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    How do you do curved surfaces?



  18. justtisha on March 20, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Wow. Thanks a lot for sharing



  19. Bill Moore on March 20, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    You made that look easy. I will have to try that.



  20. Sprint on March 20, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    I use the white pad on my oiled projects. Gives a fantastic finish.



  21. mmadchef808 on March 20, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Great video ! ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป



  22. Rick Bennett on March 20, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Great video!! I’ve been looking for this info for a while. Can you tell me what grit were the pads you used here?



  23. tyson sittu on March 20, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Wow such a great video!!



  24. Doug Mon on March 20, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Heading to Home Depot now!!!!



  25. Brock Albitz on March 20, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you! I tried to roll on my last coat of poly using a fine roller…. YIKES it created sharp peaks in it. Had to sand it back down with a 220 and then found the fine 3m pad in my auto detailing store. I even tried 2000 grit sandpaper which was just a waste of money. This pad and a cheap sander did the trick for me.



  26. Wissam Sabbagha on March 20, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Can i do this after applying one coat of poly? I am worried i will remove or scratch the stain



  27. Brian Chapman on March 20, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you so much. I’m a fair to middlin woodworker and had no idea about this process.



  28. Steve Chase on March 20, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Boom! fantastic tip! fantastic presentation! all Youtubers need to watch this and realize you don’t need fancy graphics and begging for followers. you just need good information. thank you!



  29. Jarod Morris on March 20, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    "Glass-Smooth Results With Polyurethane"

    Doesn’t actually show you how to use Polyurethane. ๐Ÿ™



  30. Alan Jenkins on March 20, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Great video. Excellent examples. Thank you



  31. Paul Tuttle on March 20, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    what sheen poly did you use?



  32. Keith Castleberry on March 20, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you. Excellent information.



  33. Cindy Hammack on March 20, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Bob Ross of woodworking. Love it! Thanks!



  34. Matt Kasicki on March 20, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    I see black decker toy for wifes.. i see poly yellow shit for amatours… i hit x



  35. tyson sittu on March 20, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    I wasnโ€™t aware I could sand in between paint coats. I thought I was only supposed to sand in between primer coats. Thanks again! ๐Ÿ˜Š



  36. Kristin B on March 20, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Wow that was amazing, thank you!



  37. Thomas Kuzia on March 20, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Hi,
    I just finished a checker/chess board with 4 coats of Minwax Polyacrylic and it was a horrible product to use due to thousands of ting bubbles.I first used a good quality synthetic brush and then turned to a sponge applicator.I applied the finish as slow as I could possibly move my hand yet still had a bubble problem.I sanded between coats with 320 sandpaper and wiped the board with a tack rag then a damp cloth to get rid of any dust.I thn used a maroon,gray and white scotchbrite pad and finally 3 coats of Crystall Clear paste wax.The board turned out OK but not the finish I wanted.
    In your video you said you used a water based urathane.How did you not get bubbles and what brand finish did you use?
    I’m 77 years old and hand sanding gives me terrible pain so please help me to not get all those bubbles.
    Thanks,,,
    Tom



  38. Andrew Oliver on March 20, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Cant find those pads anywhere, would something like 000 steel wool work similarly?



  39. KaleidoStone Coastal on March 20, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    This video is perfect ๐Ÿคฉ Thank you for sharing and explaining everything so well!!



  40. Fat Albert on March 20, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Wish you would have put a direct link to the rubbing pads, and not just the store!



  41. M Ark on March 20, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Great video, thank you.



  42. Dawn Johnson on March 20, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you. Tops



  43. Daryl Hermann on March 20, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    This video was soo helpful!!! Thank you so much for showing this technique.



  44. Justin Herchek on March 20, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Awesome video!



  45. mountfalcon1 on March 20, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    I have been unable to figure out what the white pad (compare at 3 minutes 19 seconds) is exactly. The link to the store alone does not help.



  46. Trent Davis on March 20, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    This is awesome, works great!
    Took me a bit to find somewhere in Australia that sold these pads, but I eventually found these (for anyone else in Aus hunting for the same thing):
    https://worksafegear.com.au/3m-scotch-brite-light-duty-cleansing-pad-7445-white-grade-delicate-230mm-x-150mm-61500123213.html
    https://worksafegear.com.au/3m-scotch-brite-ultra-fine-hand-pad-7448-light-grey-grade-silicon-carbide-ultra-fine-230mm-x-150mm-61500123247.html
    And they work as demonstrated in the video ๐Ÿ™‚



  47. Jeremiah Richey on March 20, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    I come back to this video every time I poly a project to remind myself how to get great results. Thank you so much for creating this video!!!



  48. teomcdohl on March 20, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Started woodworking this year by taking some wooden oak furniture my neighbor threw away. everything went perfect until the staining part. This advice is awesome. Thanks so much.



  49. Karen V on March 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    This was soo helpful thanks you!



  50. Zeus PhanTom on March 20, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Can anyone please tell me what is the name of this machine ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ฉ