By William Sampson (FDMC Magazine / Woodworking Network)
Increasing demand for flawless glass-smooth finishes on woods with open pores like oaks, ashes, and mahoganies presents a challenge for finishers. My first experience with this came a few decades ago when I started making stringed musical instruments. Achieving the perfect gloss finish was a painstaking and lengthy process using messy paste fillers that sometimes dulled the look of the wood and then moving on to many coats of lacquer.
With that experience behind me, I was ready to try the new Aqua Coat clear wood grain filler. It promised to provide not only an environmentally friendly alternative, but a more efficient one, too.