- Nov 3, 2004
Well it's my first time so I don't expect it to be perfect. Also, keep in mind that it's a polyurethane finish
Yep. Trial and error is the only way. The more work you do, the more you become familiar with how the materials respond. Professional distressers in the art and antique world are walking encyclopedias of materials and chemistry, but they learned through experimentation.
The steel wool trick works well, there is a good overview of different ways here. They don't actually want to let it set so long that the steel wool rusts, that turns the mixture orange.