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There is a gloss difference between the existing pine sash and sill woodwork I'm NOT refinishing and the parts that I just refinished.   Winter frost accumulation over time has made this necessary.  It is now evident that the original 17 year-old satin finish has dulled over time. I think it is poly.

Last week [after sanding and staining] put on Minwax polyurethane clear satin [oil base]. I can't find any oil base matte finish to mix with the satin to dull down the shine. Do I let it harden for a month and try wet sanding with super fine paper or steel wool or a 3m scotch pad?  I do not want a bunch of scratches or swirling marks. Does turpentine applied now make any difference? I'm afraid that a water based matte product will be too dull.  Is this hopeless?  Thanks for your wisdom.

Hi Marti, sorry for the late reply...were you sure to stir the can really well before , and during your application?...the flattener must be dispersed evenly throughout the urethane to be uniform, and as flat as it should be. If the other woodwork is in good shape you can just clean it with something like 0000 steel wool and some mineral spirits, and then coat it with the same poly. Fine steel wool will knock down the gloss, but it's a pain to have to rub everything after the application, and visible marks is a possibility. Better to coat it all with the same product and leave it "off the brush" as it were..also,the better waterborne urethanes are very good products like:


I swear buy the General products, very high quality, dry predictably and a step above the ubiquotous, consumer grade, "Yellow" can sold every where...(Minwax)
Hope that helps- Please post back if need be- Regards- Greg


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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects,Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings,wood species recognition,usage,etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Sold, built, serviced, setup Home,Industrial and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

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Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002)-("27 year compilation of expert know-how"),Multiple times in Family Handyman Magazine, local newspapers as well.

Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars by Major tool manufacturers, Delta, Powermatic, Performax, Porter Cable, Skil/Bosch to name a few.

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Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT.(the Antiques capital of CT.)
Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies.For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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