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Forum topic by Vindex posted 08-07-2017 05:43 AM 1492 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2017 05:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question sanding finishing safety

My recently finished kitchen table is setup in the kitchen and being put to use while I wait for the urethane varnish to cure sufficiently to rub out the finish. My question is whether rubbing out a finish is something that can be done safely inside the house. Since the rubbing out is done wet and it is very light sanding, I thought I might be able to save myself the hassle of detaching the top, moving the top to the garage, and then reattaching the top when I am finished. However, I don’t want to create a hazardous situation for my family just to save a bit of effort. I always wear a respirator when dry sanding or cutting wood, and I make the garage off limits if I am using harmful chemicals out there.

This is my first finishing project. In all of the instructional videos I have watched, nobody wears protective gear (such as a respirator) while rubbing out a finish, and I haven’t seen this issue addressed anywhere in books or online.


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#1 posted 08-07-2017 05:58 AM

What will you be wetting it with? Unless you’re using a solvent, there’s no worry, since there won’t be any airborne particles.

Edit: I just saw that you have a project uploaded for the table. Really nice work. Regarding rubbing it out, what is your goal? A satiny luster?

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#2 posted 08-07-2017 11:44 AM

There will be absolutely no hazard from the cured finish, though there might be some mess. If you choose to use a solvent as the wetting agent (don’t do that, use distilled water), you will have fumes from that.

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#3 posted 08-07-2017 02:27 PM

Thanks for the responses! I am planning to use soapy water as the wetting agent. I can deal with mess, but I live in San Antonio, and it is HOT in my garage (which doubles as my shop).

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#4 posted 08-07-2017 02:43 PM



Thanks for the responses! I am planning to use soapy water as the wetting agent. I can deal with mess, but I live in San Antonio, and it is HOT in my garage (which doubles as my shop).

- Vindex

LOL, yeah, here in Tucson this time of year, that wet sanding would turn dry in about 2 minutes.

Looking forward to seeing the result.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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