I'm refinishing my stock on my SKS, and just got done with the fourth coat, and I'm not really liking it. It's not the color I dislike; it just looks sloppy I guess. Take note this is my first wood project I ever attempted.
This is what I did:
I first used the dishwasher method to clean and strip the stock.
Then I sanded with 150 sandpaper.
Then used Miniwax pre-stain wood conditioner.
Following that I applied my first coat of Miniwax Polyshades (The kind with stain and polyurethane in one bottle) using a foam brush.
After allowing one coat to dry 6-9 hours I then would apply another and stopped on the fourth.
This is where I'm at now. The shine just doesn't look as good as some on the pic thread, and I found some areas where the stain is some what not even.
Reason for this perhaps is I would stain one side of the stock at a time, so I could lay the other side down and allow to dry.
What did I do wrong? Any advice would be helpful.
Rub with fine steel wool between coats.