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Hevea Timber fibers go prickly when varnished or wet

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Hevea Timber fibers go prickly when varnished or wet

I used Hevea timber panels from Bunnings to make my desk top bigger (to work from home). I like the blond colour and fine grain however after sanding it smooth, when I varnished first coat it dried rough and prickly as the timber fibers seem to swell and stick up. Gave it a light sand and second coat and the fibers were prickly again. Sand and coat 3 was better but I can still feel it is not as smooth as when I first sanded before varnishing. I noticed an offcut got a bit of water on it and when that dried the surface was prickly too. Any thoughts on this and how to reduce it? Is there a sealer I should use first? 

 

No photos as it is not something you can see but you sure can feel it.

Thanks,

Stuart.

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Re: Hevea Timber fibers go prickly when varnished or wet.

Sanding sealer is the product to use. Sand then seal then light sand before applying the varnish.

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Re: Hevea Timber fibers go prickly when varnished or wet.

Thanks @Brad I kinda thought there was a product for this. Too late now but I'll know for next time.

Cheers,

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