Wood surfaces can be a challenge to work on. How will you ensure a smooth finish, before, during and after staining or coating?

If you ask Syntech, the way to go is to avoid dust and undeven dents on the surfaces you’re finishing. In here are a few steps you should follow to help prepare the wooden parts for staining and or.

Sand the Surface

Refrain from using soft grit sandpaper on unfinished wood when preparing it. Use medium sand paper instead. A small piece of sand block is ideal for smoothing out coarse and narrow surfaces. Focus on one area before shifting to another, so the surface ends up even. Avoid over sanding by applying moderate force and keeping track of the areas you already ran through.

The softer the sandpaper is, the lighter the stain colour will be. Conversely, the coarser it is, the darker it will be. As such, keep the product’s appearance in mind when sanding.

Steer Clear of Dust

Dust inevitably gathers during the sanding process. Make sure your dust collector is set up correctly and up to the task. This helps prevent dust buildup on your projects and reduces the risk of fire in your workshop. After sanding or sawing, sweep the immediate area and throw away the particles that gathered in the collector.

Vacuum the Surface

Your collector takes care of the sawdust particles in the air at your workshop. Your vacuum cleaner, on the other hand can be used to clean up  takes care of whatever may be left on the surface. Run the vacuum on the wood. Set it on low power to keep dust from flying.  You may also use a damp, oil-free cloth to collect dust.

Stain or Paint

Apply your stain or paint colour of choice in even strokes, using a clean, small-bristled brush and a roller. Use the roller first, then the brush for hard-to-reach areas. Small bristles are ideal for removing particles in the corners of the wood. Make sure each coat is even.

These are the steps for preparing your wood surface. When applying a finish, have the product in mind and make sure to follow any instructions recommended by the manufacturer. Then, you’ll be able to finish your wood project smoothly, from start to finish.

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