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sand between coats12/11
What are folks using these days for
I really like the Mirka mesh, it does great.
put a soft backer pad on your orbital and it will take you to the next level. Your paper will last longer and you will get a more thorough sanding quicker without cutting through. At that point the brand of paper you use will matter less, though you still get what you pay for. you just have to be very careful at the edges. In my opinion 1/4 or 1/3 sheet sanders work better on doors due to the square corners
I can't even imagine using a random or any power sander on cabinet doors. I like to leave some material on. It's hand sand only for me. 400gt Norton and purple 3M synthetic steel wool.
Bart you need to see a demonstration on how this can be done. its way faster, your paper lasts longer, and you have a pair of hands left at the end of the day
We sand as Jonathan says. 1/4 sheet sander, pad depends on what we are sanding. 320-400 but nearly always 320.
There are still areas that are hit by hand but its absolutely the truth that its miles and miles faster and its more consistent. I remember sanding 100+ door jobs all by hand, both sides, twice. What a nightmare. It's ripping fast with orbital.
With 320 and moving fast due to the efficiency of machine sanding you in no way cut all the finish off. If your worried about it run your first coat a hair heavy. It's never been an issue for us.
Large panels are night and day in speed and quality. Vacuum pickup on the sander us a major bonus as well when it comes to wipe/blow down.
Mark, When you say move fast that brings up a few more questions. When sanding raw wood i go pretty slow & overlap. But when i was in a pro finishing shop the other i saw them go really fast presumably between
Mike, check into the Surf Prep 3 x 4 foam sanding system. Excellent for sanding between coats and used with a vacumn dust extraction, we use our Festool vacs. Call them and get a demo, it will save alot of time and give excellent results. We have not looked back after putting this into use. We also use our 6" festool with their products to do large areas.