Prepping for The Top Coat
by Alan Noel
Professional Wood Finisher
All of the sanding has been done. Two or more coats of
finish have been applied and you are now ready for the
final coat or "top coat". Here are seven tips to help smooth the way.
When prep sanding for the top coat, always use fine sand paper with
grit of 600 or more.
Be very careful when sanding close to the edges of flat surfaces. This is where it's easiest to sand through the previous coats of finish.
Always use fine steel wool (0000) or synthetic steel wool (Scotch Brite)
rounded or irregular surfaces like carvings and spindles.
Be sure to use a tack cloth to remove all of the sanding dust.
Now is the time to do minor touch ups.
Proper lighting is a must during any finishing procedure.
Use adequate ventilation. Air movement is the key in order for the finish
to cure properly.
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