|Tips: Why should I use sanding sealer?|
Why should I use sanding sealer?
As the name implies it is a sealer that is formulated to ﬁll micro pores and to be sanded.
The best advantage is it will show up defects like the ﬁnish will, but gives you a second chance.
Sanded wood has micro ﬁbers that are so thin and ﬂexible they don’t sand oﬀ until you harden them with the sealer.
DO NOT use steel wool or Scotch Bright on the sanding sealer! These will instantly dull everything. Tt will look good and feel good until you spray another coat and the ripples are back!
DO USE sandpaper and hand sand! When sanding, the high spots will dull ﬁrst so you keep sanding until all the shine is gone.
I like to take a ¼ sheet, fold in thirds and use a slow circular motion with 400-800 grit paper.
I am seldom spraying sanding sealer to cut down on waste and fumes in the air. I was using Deft Sanding sealer which is hard to get now.
I use Sherwin Williams Hi--Build Lacquer Sealer B44 FT4 clear, cut 50% with lacquer thinner and put it in a clear bottle I purchased from Family Dollar for $1 and apply with a 2" square of paper towel.
Notice the separation in the bottle at right so be sure to shake it up each time. Using the towel, I can spread extra where it is soaking in and wipe down the excess and toss the towel in the trash.
~ Jack Morse, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Growing up in my father’s wood shop nurtured a love of wood my entire life, and a background in residential construction, antique furniture repair, and refinishing helped me develop many valuable skills.