Let's get back to the bath. My next project in this guest bath is the vanity cabinet. It started out as your typical stained and varnished red oak. This piece had turned turned very red-orange-like self tanner!
I cleaned the surface with TSP, did a light sand with 220 grit paper, and wiped it off with a damp cloth. Next I used a Stain-blocking primer. Setcoat is not a stain-blocker. In the past 6 months, we have noticed a change in the reaction between pigmented shellac and Setcoat. The shellac is not curing enough to the substrate and turns gummy when the Setcoat is applied. This happens in less then 10% of jobs but is enough for us to be concerned. I have successfully used both Zinsser Water-Based Matte Primer and Bin 1,2,3, Water-based Primer under my Setcoat. For this project, I used the Matte Primer and could apply my next coat within an hour.
I rolled/brushed Aquaguard Gloss for my first topcoat, let it dry 1 hour, and then rolled/brushed a coat of C500 Dull. Since the wall and counter have a sheen, this needed to be a matte finish.