It may be personal preference, but if you're buffing the satin poly, it is still going to have plenty of sheen. If you use gloss poly and buff inbetween it is going to be a very, very glassy, encased in plastic appearance to it.
Some like that, I don't, that is why I go with Satin, remember Satin is NOT flat or matte, its somewhere between that and glossy. It can be super smooth, even shiny in the right light, but won't have that mirror/glass like finish. Of course if you want the mirror/glass finish, then gloss is the way to go.
I'll put it another way, and I probably have less experience than you, my table with lots of coats of buffed satin poly, at many angles look like just the wood buffed smooth and shiny, other angles and light, you can tell there is a plastic coat, but it doesn't take away from the wood, the wood grabs the attention, NOT the thick plastic encasing coat.
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Last edited by Mongo; 10-10-2013 at 11:06 AM.