How Sanding Affects Your Stain Color


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Believe it or not, the most important step in the finishing process is sanding. George Vondriska and Matt Newborg show you how different sand paper grit can affect the final stain color of your woodworking projects.

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2 Responses to “How Sanding Affects Your Stain Color”
  1. dakotarich024

    Is there any benefit to going to 220 when staining? What is a good grit to go to when painting?

    • WWGOA Team

      When you are staining you will want to go to at least 220 so that you do not see sanding marks. For wood painting, you can generally get away with a slightly more coarse grit, perhaps stopping at 150, depend on the thickness of paint and sheen of the finish. For thin or glossy paint, I’d suggest sanding up to 180 or 220, as these paints will reveal more surface imperfections than thicker paints with less sheen.


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