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Greg

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05-17-2017 08:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust removal finishing prep

Hi Folks!
As detailed is some of my earlier posts, I’m refinishing a 100 year old stair rail (and newels). I’ve removed multiple layers of paint and varnish and plan to lightly hand sand it to get the final layer of color off. The only way to dertermine that I’ve sanded enough is to wipe the sawdust off to see the results. I understand wiping with water is a no-no. If I vacuum most of the dust, is wiping a cloth dampened with mineral spirits the best way to remove dust? Or alcohol? There’s a lot of answers out there on this topic, but I’m trying to see if there’s a consensus on this message board perhaps.
Thanks
Greg


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#1 posted 05-17-2017 09:58 PM

if it were me, I would vacuum it and call it done. That’s all I do when I’m finishing a piece of furniture.

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#2 posted 05-17-2017 10:13 PM

I prefer blowing with compressed air to
the vac, but if you don’t have compressed
air the vacuum works ok. After that wipe
down thoroughly with “tack cloth”. You
can buy it in the paint section.

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#3 posted 05-17-2017 10:14 PM

I always wipe with mineral spirits.

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#4 posted 05-17-2017 11:21 PM

Alcohol will raise the grain.

A tack cloth is cheese cloth with a small amount of shellac.

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#5 posted 05-18-2017 01:21 AM

Greg,

I agree with Loren.

After vacuuming my projects I am amazed at how much residential dust is deposited on the tack cloth. I find several swipes of the tack cloth are needed to remove enough dust so that dust nubs are minimized after application of the first coat of finish.

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#6 posted 05-18-2017 01:37 AM

In this situation I use canned air like you blow off your keyboard with, strong enough to remove all the dust and see what you have.


Hi Folks!
As detailed is some of my earlier posts, I m refinishing a 100 year old stair rail (and newels). I ve removed multiple layers of paint and varnish and plan to lightly hand sand it to get the final layer of color off. The only way to dertermine that I ve sanded enough is to wipe the sawdust off to see the results. I understand wiping with water is a no-no. If I vacuum most of the dust, is wiping a cloth dampened with mineral spirits the best way to remove dust? Or alcohol? There s a lot of answers out there on this topic, but I m trying to see if there s a consensus on this message board perhaps.
Thanks
Greg

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