sponges or steel wool?

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Forum topic by Whiskers posted 11-25-2013 05:29 AM 823 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2013 05:29 AM

Ive never used a sanding sponge, or even seen one, but I just ordered a few to pad a Rockler order for free shipping. Just curious what you guys use. I learned most of my skills from my father who died when I was 17, and I’m now 55, or the internet, sanding sponges probably were not invented yet. For sanding moldings and complex shapes what do you guys prefer to use? Ive always had reasonable results from steel wool in the past, curious to see how the sponges work out though.

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 05:44 AM

I use a random orbit sander for most of my prep work.
I like the thin flexible 300 grit sanding sponges for sanding between coats of lacquer.
Then I use wax applied with #0000 steel wool for the final treatment. It helps bring a semi-gloss down to a nice satin finish.

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 05:52 AM

I have used them to sand detailed trim. I made a two piece trim cap/shelf to top a beadboard half wall and the sponge sanded that trim so well. Just works its way into most crevices and does a fine job! It is also good for wrapping other sandpaper around and using again to go even finer. The soft sponge is hard to do sanding damage with. I also rinse mine out and let dry if they get caked up too much for a brush. Works great!

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 05:58 AM

Apply wax with super fine steel wool? interesting concept, but I can see how it might work. Ive used the 0000 steel wool as a final sanding before finishing and waxing, but training says not to use a rough thingy to apply wax. If the surface was already scratched a bit, that might be a good thing to do though. A new way of thinking.

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 06:09 AM

oh, FYI, my fathers favorite thing was to make violins. He used a lot of steel wool in finishing. I guess that why i never looked further before. I mean if it works to finish a violin? and it cheap? but technology you know.

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