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08-13-2009 03:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding poly

I read this tip somewhere here buried in a post and used it last night and thought it was too good not to share again. I have no idea how popular this already may be but to me it was brilliant!

I just completed the 3rd coat of poly on a box…sanded 400 in between. It came out pretty smooth but still with a few little nubs in it…making it feel slightly rough. So I cut out a piece of brown paper bag from a grocery store bag (I was amazed we even had a paper grocery store bag!) wrapped it around my sanding block and lightly went over the surface. Boom. silky smooth and as long as I did it lightly it didn’t seem to knock the shine down at all, which I was worried about.

Anyway, it worked great and I wanted to share. I’ll post the pics of the box, a humidor, in a week or so.


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#1 posted 08-13-2009 03:35 PM

Thanks Greg. That will come in handy for me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 08-13-2009 03:42 PM

sound good ,
i’ll have to try it too.

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 08-13-2009 03:44 PM

yep. a brown paper bag is equivalent to about 4000 grit sandpaper. works really well

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#4 posted 08-13-2009 04:01 PM

awesome… and interesting.

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#5 posted 08-13-2009 04:23 PM

Great tip. Thanks

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#6 posted 08-13-2009 04:52 PM

thank you for posting this i have been fighting this problem for ever
i am going to try this later today

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#7 posted 08-13-2009 05:02 PM

Can you still get paper grocery bags? ;-)

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#8 posted 08-13-2009 08:05 PM

John, I was thinking the same thing…I was surprised we even had one. Must be from the 90’s!

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#9 posted 08-13-2009 11:10 PM

Very interesting. I’ll have to give that a try. Thanks.

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#10 posted 08-14-2009 05:32 AM

Tried it with plastic bags, but didn’t get the same result! (just kidding). Thanks for the tip.

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#11 posted 08-14-2009 05:57 AM

Hah awesome. I get my paper bags from the liquor store! Now I have an excuse….Why are you going to the liquor store again? Oh, I need s’more sand paper.

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#12 posted 08-14-2009 06:26 AM

i had read somewhere you can use brown bag paper to strop a chisel. thanks teen, i didn’t know it is 4000 grit, or so.

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#13 posted 08-14-2009 04:10 PM

:) yep, if you cant get paper bags , get some brown craft paper its the same ,

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#14 posted 08-15-2009 06:38 PM

Much cheaper than the 600 & 800 grit paper I bought, Thanks

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#15 posted 08-17-2009 03:37 PM

“Paper or plastic?”
That’s an awesome re-use, and it should make a great strop if you do that sort of thing. Great tip!

-- Tim ~ ~ Be an example worth following

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