Choosing the Right Sandpaper

Well here is a somewhat important topic for us DIYER’s that isn’t talk about nearly enough…SANDPAPER!

I really don’t know anyone that actually enjoys sanding but having the right sandpaper can make the world of difference on how your project turns out and the amount of time you have to invest.  Here is a quick guide that will hopefully help you on your next project.

Extra Coarse: The toughest of tough. Used  for removing paint and varnish that seems like it will never come off. Can be used to sand old floors that sometimes requires the abrasiveness of extra coarse sandpaper. ONLY USED ON TOUGH JOBS!

Coarse: Rough shaping is where you want to use this grit. Also, can be used to remove old finishes. Grit ranges from 40 to 50.

Medium: Final Shaping and general sanding work is best suited for medium grit. Grit ranges from 60 to 100.

Fine: Fine abrasive papers have a grit in the range of 120 to 220. Prefect for final sanding before finishing work.

Extra Fine: This grit is to be used between coats of paint of varnish. Grit of 240, 320 and 400 are termed very fine, while superfine sheets with grits of up to 600 are available for polishing jobs.

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