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Forum topic by UncleBen posted 08-01-2007 12:00 AM 1519 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2007 12:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding

Which one do you use when sanding between stain coats? Also, where do you buy them?

Or…if you don’t like using them, why? And what is your method instead?

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#1 posted 08-01-2007 12:16 AM


I use the grey ones when sanding between my water based dye and the oil base glaze stain. I have also used the red also. But I usually use the red and grey between finish coats of lacquer or 600 sand paper. I get them at my local Home Depot or at Woodcraft.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 08-01-2007 02:27 AM

I don’t use any water based products so I don’t need the more aggressive pads. I use the red pads exclusively and I like them better after they have been used a bit. It softens them up and it feels like they provide a smoother surface.
I bought a carton from a 3m distributor in Frederick Maryland. Don’t remember what the cost was. I’m still on the first box. For the type of work I do (between coats of lacquer) they may last forever. You could check the 3m website to locate a distributor in your area.

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#3 posted 08-01-2007 08:37 PM

I’ve gotten them from Woodworker's Supply in the past.

-- Pat Mulry, Dallas, Texas ||

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#4 posted 08-02-2007 02:06 AM

Do you actually sand between coats of stain? Would have thought this would lead to inconsistant color. I only sand between coats of sealer.


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#5 posted 08-02-2007 03:38 PM

Mistake on my part…you’re correct, I’ll only sand between coats of sealer. I want to get a very smooth finish, but I’m not looking for a glossy look by any means.

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#6 posted 08-02-2007 07:25 PM

hey Uncle Ben:

I’m not a scotch pad user per-say, but use the abrasive wool….same idea.

To follow up on edp’s catch on where sanding should occur…......I’ve been experimenting with a water based acrylic glaze that you add different colors and in my case a pearlized material. The glaze dries clear and allows the pigments to show through. The finish has worked in that I get the pearlized effect…..but for me personally, I feel there is a slight cloudy haze that I don’t like.

I’m applying the glaze on top of a 1# cut of ultra pale shellac on 1/4 saw ash. The pearlized lays in the open grains nice but lays that haze on top. My next plan was to hit the glaze with the abrasive wool, but after seeing your post, intuitively it seems a scotxh pad would work better as I could hit the unwanted glaze much like a sanding block.

Thanks for the idea!!!!..................Neil

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