I don't want to hurt my new DeWalt ROS... need advice on sanding painted cabinet fronts

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Forum topic by Sarah posted 05-07-2013 07:59 AM 942 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2013 07:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: removing paint random orbital sander dewalt sander dust collection sanding down paint sanding paint painting cabinets painting over paint clogging dust collection on a sander sander maintenance

I recently bought a 3amp DeWalt ROS that I’m using on a large project where I’m building murphy beds for our extra bedroom… a project that I’m probably in over my head doing. Nonetheless, buying a good sander I felt gave me a successful shot… however, my sister ‘n law wants to borrow the sander to sand down some cabinets in her apartment. They are painted (probably cheap latex). In an effort to make her little apartment her own… she wants to sand down the cabinet front (just rough them up a bit) before painting over with her color choice. My question is… will this harm my sander? I was impressed at the dust collection on this ROS with my use on furniture grade plywood, etc., and I am concerned that perhaps her using it on paint (even with a coarse grit sandpaper) might clog that mechanism up. Any opinions or advice? I’m not a pro by any means but I want to keep my tools in good working order for my large project.

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#1 posted 05-07-2013 01:54 PM

Unless she is sanding away a problem the ROS is too aggressive. She only needs to hand sand with 150 in order to re-paint them.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#2 posted 05-07-2013 03:06 PM

The box stores sell a “de-glosser” and also primers that can be put over previous finishes. We’ve used both to go over oil-based paints and went back with latex paints with great success. These products were discovered after we stripped a few doors and realized it was way too time consuming.

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#3 posted 05-07-2013 03:09 PM

I agree with the above, but if she insist on sanding, it shouldn’t hurt the ROS.

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