I'm having one heck of a time achieving a glass-smooth high gloss surface on a table top. I've built up plenty of coats of Behlen's Rock hard on red oak. The last coat (wiped on 50/50 diluted) always leaves dust nibs or tiny bubbles. So, after a couple of days of curing (in a garage, 55 degrees) I'll sand it smooth with 2000 grit Platin 2 (a festool foam-type abrasive) on my ROS. With very little effort it feels like glass, but I lose the gloss finish I'm after. So I wipe on another coat of diluted BRH, and of course, every time, more very tiny bubbles/nibs. I've heard the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over hoping for a different result, so instead of going insane I'm looking for some direction.
I have Platin 2 in 4000 grit, if I move to this will I increase my chance of keeping the high gloss look while removing or at least smoothing out the bubbles/nibs? Should I scrap the ROS and wrap the platin around a sanding block and work by hand? Use some paraffin or mineral oil? Could it be that I just need to let the finish cure longer?