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04-08-2012 08:07 PM

What grit sandpapers do you use in cabinets and built ins? I have just finished some cabinets and was wondering what finish grit I should use to prep them for paint.


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#1 posted 04-08-2012 08:10 PM

depends on the density of the wood and the type finish.

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 08:11 PM

depends on the density of the wood and the type finish.
usual grits for dense hardwoods 80 100 120, 150
softer woods I may start at 100 or even 120.

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 08:29 PM

It’s birch ply with poplar face frames.

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 08:36 PM

120 should suffice, sand the birch quickly don’t spend too much time on it or you will “burn” the plywood.
poplar usually cleans up fairly easily with 120. if you find your progress is slower than desired drop down to 100, then go back to 120. you may want to go higher, IF, you are staining but that’s a judgement call.

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