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Important sanding tips

Tip #5
Everything you need to know about Sanding!
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Some Important Sanding Tips

  • For the smoothest finish, always sand WITH the grain.
  • To extend the usable life of your abrasive materials, clean them frequently with an abrasive cleaning stick or brush.
  • Don't try to sand away glue or pencil marks. Glue should be scraped away and pencil marks should be erased.
  • When hand sanding, use a sanding block with a felt pad whenever possible. An ordinary blackboard eraser makes a great sanding block
  • For the best hand-sanding results, counting can help you achieve a uniform finish on all surfaces.
  • Running a nylon stocking or cloth over a sanded surface will help you locate rough areas.
  • Don't cut sandpaper with a knife or scissors - unless you're not planning to use the knife or scissors for anything else.
  • Always turn sanding machines on before touching them to your workpiece.
  • Keep all power sanding machines (or your workpieces) moving at all times to avoid dwells and gouges.
  • Never skip from coarse to fine sandpapers.
  • Follow all sanding operations with a tack cloth to remove dust particles prior to applying a finish.

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