Sandpaper is Boring
Sandpaper is boring yep, it’s boring and sanding is even more boring, but if you don’t use the correct sandpaper you are on a ride of excitement that you don’t want to be on. There are numbers for sandpaper and the lower the number which is call grits the rougher it is. The higher the number (grit) the finer it is. And then there are tools to use them with.
Sandpaper Grit By Numbers
The right sandpaper on just one job Could be up to one, two, or even 3 assortments of one of these. 60 80 100 125 150 180 400 600 1,000. It depends on what you are working on. You have the exterior of a home, the interior of a home, walls and woodwork, then furniture. Here is a chart
Let’s begin with the exterior of a home
You are going to paint it the exterior of your home. If you want your paint job to last for years, you must do the prep work and that begins with sanding. With this type of sanding, you may want to use a 60 or 80 grit, to begin with, after you have pressured washed the whole thing and scraped off the loose chunks. Once that is done, a 125 might do the trick to smooth it out.
On the inside of the home
Usually, it won’t take more than a 125 to smooth out bare spots on woodwork or chips. If you must go to an 80 grit if that does not do the trick the first time, then again to 125.
On walls, well very rarely would you need to sand it unless it’s new drywall that has not been painted yet and so you would use a pole with a screen sander, then a damp sponge. If you repair holes in a wall, a simple damp sponge or a piece of sandpaper handheld of 125 or even a handheld block (fine) would do it.
Furniture, now here is one that depends on your finish and how you prep… if you don’t strip it, 120 to sand off the finish, you do not want to scratch it.. it will show when you finish it. As you do a coat to take off the burrs (little dust particles) use a 600 grit handheld and lightly go up the piece and lightly go back on it with this. And with all of this sanding, on pretty much anything (exclude exterior) vacuuming the dust. Working on woodwork and furniture after vacuuming the dust, use a tack cloth to get it all off for that really smooth finish.
Tools to use
For the really rough and large areas such as decks… belt sanders are quick but don’t stay in one place too long or you will have a dippy doo in that area. For Smaller areas, a battery-operated or plug-in sander in various types of wood shapes. The mouse sander is my favorite because of getting close to the edges and into small spaces. Now for working on balusters, on staircases and chairs and headboards with spindles. These are amazing. Easy to use and does it fast if you need to only rough up it enough to take primer and paint.
For a long-lasting paint job, a beautiful finish and less frustration, the right tool, the right sandpaper for the perfect finale. You will be happy you took this extra step. Happy sanding!