If you’re new to woodworking, knowing how to sand furniture for staining is an essential skill that can make your projects look professionally done.
How to Sand Furniture for Staining: Materials You Will Need
To start with your project, you’ll need the following items:
- Old furniture
- Sandpaper in various grits (60, 100, and 220)
- Electric sander (optional)
- Safety goggles
- Dust mask
- Drop cloth
Safety should always be a priority. Wear your safety goggles and dust mask at all times during the sanding process.
Step 1: Remove Old Finish
Before you can sand, any old finish such as paint or varnish needs to be removed. Use a paint scraper or chemical stripper for this step.
Step 2: Choosing the Right Sandpaper
For a smoother finish, start with 60-grit sandpaper and gradually move to 100 and then 220-grit. This will ensure a smooth surface for staining.
Step 3: Sanding the Furniture
Start with the coarsest sandpaper (60-grit). Make sure to sand in the direction of the wood grain. Once done, switch to 100-grit and repeat, finishing with 220-grit sandpaper.
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Step 4: Cleaning and Prepping for Staining
Once you’ve completed sanding, use a tack cloth or a damp cloth to wipe down the furniture. Make sure it is completely dry before you proceed to staining.