Mrs. Fixit: Sanding Solutions

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August 20, 2011 5:25:42 AM PDT
If you're trying to bring new life back to an old piece of furniture, the difference between a good project and not could be just the sanding. I've got some tips on how to help you out.

First a quick cleaning, if there is anything stuck to the surface use a razor blade or putty knife to gently pry it away.

Then, wipe down the piece with a slightly damp cloth to remove any surface dirt.

Make sure when you're sanding to work in good light, it will illuminate the imperfections.

To remove a previously stained finish, start with a medium grit paper. i'm using a 60 grit to start this project. I have a random orbit palm sander that i love because it ensures an even finish and quickly works through the grits from coarse to fine.

To get into angles and crevices. Fold a standard sheet of sandpaper and use the point of the fold to remove material from those tight spots. The edge of a sanding sponge will also easily reach those tight corners.

After each round of sanding use a tack cloth to remove dust from the surface. A small vacuum or a paintbrush can help to get dust from crevices.

Continue sanding working up in coarseness until you've reached a super fine grit for a super smooth finish. I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple!

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