I have a cabinetshop (25 years) and only do inside building. Times are tough so I took on a 100 year old front door that the veneer had come off. I put new oak veneer on, stained it, and put 2 coats of Semi Gloss varathane. There is dust in the finish...hey, it's in a cabinet shop! I have rubbed out the dust (result: totally matt finish) and tried to reclaim the semi gloss finish with wet sanding with 1000 grit. Didn't work. so I tried 4-0 steel with just about every type of wax I have and all I get is dull sheen...not a good day.
So, is there a way to buff out Varathane? I have had this problem once before and somehow knew it would happen...it seems every buffing compound is white in color and will end up in the pore of the oak.
Also, for future reference, since Varathane dries so slow, how does one keep the dust off short of a sealed room? I guess I should have done the door vert instead of flat but was afraid of runs.