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Choosing the right furniture to sand
First of all, you should know that not all types of wood are suitable for sanding. For example, avoid stripping pine or plywood furniture.
Solid wood furniture, such as oak or beech, has excellent resistance to sanding because it is very qualitative and resistant. Using the same principle, evaluate the finishing of your furniture (wax or varnish) before sanding.
If you have the slightest doubt, do not hesitate to give it a try by sanding a small hidden part of the furniture in order to check the good behavior of the wood against the abrasive. However, you can sand any type of furniture: dresser, console or bedside table, the choice is yours!
Perform several tests
Sanding is a relatively simple job, but it takes care of. Before you start, take the time to compare and test the different grains to determine which one will be the best fit. For information, the sandpapers are numbered according to the number of grains they contain:
- From 280, very fine grain.
- From 220 to 280, fine grain.
- From 120 to 220, medium grain.
- From 40 to 120, coarse grain.
You can practice before starting the renovation of a piece of furniture. This will allow you to acquire the method and the expertise necessary for the ideal rendering. Always start by sanding with the finest grit so as not to strip too much during the first pass.
How to sand well?
To sand properly, you will need to purchase several accessories and protective equipment:
- A mask, goggles, and protective gloves.
- A protective cover to slide under the cabinet.
- Sandpaper with different grain sizes.
- An electric belt sander.
- An electric angle sander.
- A damp sponge and cloth.
We advise you to carry out your sanding work in a well-ventilated place and away from your living room. Once properly installed, you can start sanding your furniture. You can do your sanding job by hand, but it will be more efficient with an electric sander.
A belt sander will allow you to sand the linear surfaces of the furniture. For nooks, moldings, and tight spots, use an angle sander instead. Connect your tool to an extension cord for easy movement.
Before any action, put on your protective equipment. Place the chosen sandpaper on the shoe of the sander and turn it on. Begin sanding by exerting light pressure and following the grain of the wood.
Once all flat surfaces have been sanded, use the angle sander for areas where it is needed. Finish the operation bypassing the sander equipped with a very fine-grained sheet to remove any residue of the old coating.
Finally, use a sponge and then a damp cloth to completely rid your furniture of the wood dust generated during sanding. Pay particular attention to the corners so that your furniture is ready and clean for the next step.
We hope that these tips will help you get started without too much trepidation and succeed in giving new life to your old furniture. Sanding is the first step to take when you want to renovate a piece of furniture. Regarding what to do next, it’s up to you to choose between painting, varnishing on raw furniture, or patina.
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