yeah, came to say. maybe some real tung oil.
That’s only 3 very light coats. Very light. And I have sanded with 800 between them. I’m not putting it on very heavy. I’m not sure if I will be able to completely cover all the grain pores.Is it just the lighting, or will it still take many coats to completely level the pores of the grain?
Evidently I didn’t grain fill enough?With open pore wood like this, you can either grain fill it until it is flat before spraying the finish, or else you put a lot of coats of finish, sanding between each one. This is a time to be very patient. Good work so far Brent!
Do you think if I was to wet sand with 400, and basically take it down to my original shellac coat and start over with lacquer again, that it would be enough to flatten it out?One option is to sand back down as flat as you can and apply more grain filler until perfectly flat after sanding. Look at it at an angle to verify the grain is absolutely positively filled with no voids. Then start applying finish. It is best to do this if you are wanting a factory type finish.
It is easy to talk yourself into "fixing it as you go" but that almost never works. It is like building a house where the framing is not quite square.