4 Tips For Sanding A Dresser The Correct Way

Posted on: 5 November 2018

You found a beautiful antique dresser that you'd love to refinish. While you're anxious to choose a paint color for the furniture, the first thing you need to do is sand the piece. Make sure you're up for the task. There is a correct way to sand wood. Fail to remember this information, and you'll end up with uneven paint or finishing application. Here are some tips that can help you sand any dresser like a pro.

1. Choose Grit Wisely

The grit of sandpaper is a reference to its level of abrasiveness. The lower the number, the more abrasive the paper, and the higher the number, the less coarse the paper. If the dresser is aged and has been refinished or repainted several times, you need to use a coarser grit in order to remove the buildup. If the dresser is in a rather good condition, a finer grit should be sufficient. 

2. Follow the Right Direction

If not performed correctly, sanding wood can cause damage and imperfections in the wood. To avoid this type of mishap, you need to follow the direction of the wood grain, such as horizontal or vertical. When sanding a dresser, you need to be especially diligent. For example, the top surface of the dresser might have a horizontal wood grain direction; however, the drawer fronts might go in a vertical position. Look at each section of the dresser to ensure you sand in the correct direction. 

3. Clear the Schedule

Sanding a dresser is not a project you want to try and complete on a weeknight when you have to be to work in the morning. To ensure you achieve a smooth finish and avoid any imperfections, you want to take your time. It's wise to not even attempt to complete this project until you have plenty of time in your schedule. 

4. Weigh Hand Vs. Tool

Sanding can be achieved by hand or by a sanding tool. The option you choose should be based on both preference and the design of dresser. For example, if the dresser is very detailed in its design, such as with intricately designed woodwork, you should probably rely on hand sanding. Unlike a sanding tool, your hand will be able to meet all the curves and crevices of the design. For large flat surfaces, a sanding tool works fine. 

Make sure you don't cut any corners when it comes to sanding your dresser. For more information, contact a company like Aerospace Facilities Group, Inc. 

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