Garnet absolutely does not hide the grain, it enhances it and gives a lovely soft golden hue. If you kept slathering it on it would of course hide the grain as would button but you would have to be applying it all day every day for several days for that to happen. Whoever wrote that is an silly person and if you ever meet them you can tell them I said so. I was using garnet just yesterday on a large oak refrectory table to warm up the base and it looked great, the client was delighted.
I usually differentiate between the two by saying button is a warm gold and garnet is a cold gold. But I appreciate a description like that can be misleading!
Thank you, And excuse the pedestrian questions, but how much garnet do you need to polish a bed? I can get 250ml of Liberon, or 1l of either Liberon or fiddes or mylands (the latter currently reduced to 25 quid, which puts about the same cost as the others).
@mrpercysnodgrass how long do I need to wait between doing the reviver and going over with the shellac? I think I read somewhere that raw linseed oil takes a long time to cure /soak in or do whatever it does. But I've read so much that my head is full and I might be starting to get things muddled.
Just tried a bit of French polish on the underside of one of the rails. It's looking great and really makes the wood sing. And it's really satisfying to do.
But it is very glossy. Perhaps I had got used to the slightly dull sheen after the reviver so this is a bit of a shock.
Will I be able to knock the gloss back a bit somehow? Or will a bit of micro crystalline wax calm the gloss down a bit?
The only bit I've polished so far is on the underside of a side rail, so out of sight. I love the idea of finishing the bed properly, but don't want to live with it being too glossy. Advice greatly appreciated, please.
Here are some photos of the two rails - one polished, one not.
And the polished rail from the other end so not to catch the reflection of the light
I think I'm answering my own question. From the Liberon site: Step Eleven – Burnishing
A French polish finish does not have to be a high gloss mirror finish every time, sometimes a softer level of sheen is required. To achieve this all you have to do is to allow the polished surface to harden for a few days then cut back the polish using Liberon Ultra Fine Steel Wool (Grade 0000) to remove any imperfections. Finally finish with a coat of Liberon Wax Polish Black Bison.