|Forum topic by mtkate||posted 06-30-2009 12:01 PM||3870 views||2 times favorited||19 replies|
06-30-2009 12:01 PM
I have been reading the sanding advice on this web site and now I am wondering if I am sanding effectively. I have been experimenting on maple with finishes and now believe I have a method – but I still get areas of speckle that I believe are caused by my sanding “method”. After I put on three coats of dewaxed shellac (sanding between each layer with 0000) that is cut – I rub on some water based gel stain and that’s where I see the problems. It’s like the little grains in the maple absorb the pigment and the wood gets speckled. I am sure it’s not a problem with the shellac application – the shellac is even throughout. I have also tried oil based tinted finish and I get the same thing unless I sand a LOT (ie. I stripped off a problem and started again, then it went away).
So – my basic question is: if you have a three square foot board of maple, how long do you tend to spend sanding in general on the one side? If I only spend one hour, I get the speckly finish in spots. If I spend 2 hours it tends to go away. Is that a ridiculous amount of time?
Method I use for the one hour sanding:
OK, so my math is a little off and that adds up to more than one hour. When I go for two hours, I spend even more time at the 120, twice as much at the next subsequent steps. However, this means that I would have to spend 4 hours sanding a piece of shelf. It sounds inneffective.
What can I try to be more effective? (FYI – I have used cabinet scrapers with pine and was quite content – but I want to color the pine a bit and I understood from many posts that sanding is the better method for that type of application).
Thanks for your time.