If you imagine a home as a lady, then the furniture inside it must be the ornaments and pieces of jewellry that make the lady more beautiful. No matter if it is your bedroom, drawing room, or kitchen, even it is your working place; without having furniture nothing can be considered a complete place to stay or use. Because furniture doesn’t not only make the place nice but also solve most of your needs.
Although the furniture is made with different materials, wooden pieces are preferred most for ages for their elegance and durability. But you cannot use them once it is fixed or erected as it needs to be painted or stained before use to make them look stunning and also to extend their durability.
Painting on the outer surface of the furniture is not an easy process as it requires preparing the surface first and then you can apply paints of your choice. To prepare the surface sanding is the most vital thing that cannot be avoided. Now, it’s time to see how to sand your furniture before painting.
Why Sand Your Furniture Before Painting?
Sanding on the surface of your furniture gives you the kind of smoothness by removing the fibers of the wood. Besides, this also removes the rough patches and dirt from the edges and corners of the surface to give a clean look. As for the old furniture where the existing painting has been damaged with time, proper sanding helps remove the dark and damaged scars and roughness from the surface to regain freshness. In short, proper sanding is a kind of preparation that makes the surface of your furniture ready for a perfect painting.
Which Tools Require for Sanding The Surface?
Well, to do this necessary job before painting you may choose any one option between sandpaper or a power tool. Using sandpaper means you like to do the work manually which is a better thing as it helps you to reach every joints and corner quite neatly. On the other hand, a power tool always comes good if you want to do the job faster. But the power tool is meant for heavy carpentry jobs and it doesn’t go with the fine antiques. Therefore, most of you prefer sandpaper as you have to sand some delicate wooden pieces. Moreover, sandpaper helps you to go with the direction of the grains of the wooden pieces doesn’t damage them.
How to Select Sandpaper For Sanding?
You have to select sandpaper following the number printed on the back of every sheet. The number indicates the grit that depends on the number of sand granules pasted on per sq. inch of the sheet. The higher number is for the finer grit while the lower is for coarser. Now the question is which one is better for you. It depends on the type of furniture pieces that require sanding. For instance, 100 is for fine finish, 120-150 for removing old scars, while 200 is for final soft sanding before applying paints to the surface.
How to Sand The Surface of The Furniture?
At last, we come to the point what you’re eagerly waiting for to know the process of sanding. Let’s go-
Apply Surface Filler
Often you find cracks, dents, or pores on the surface on wooden pieces that should be hidden under some kind of wood filler to get the smooth surface before painting. It’s a kind of condensed chemical that is applied on the pores a little higher than the surface and left for 48 hrs. for drying.
Get The Sandpaper Ready
Fold the sandpaper twice from both ends to make it big enough to hold with fingers. Even you can wrap the sandpaper with a wooden block so that you can hold the arrangement easily.
Begin With A Coarser Sandpaper
Now it is time to act. In the beginning, you need coarser sandpaper (60-100 grit) and ply it in a circular motion over the surface to reduce excess dried wood filler and also reduce the uneven shapes to the surface level. Apart from that run the sandpaper slowly at the edges. These entire acts make the surface smooth.
Use The Smoother Sandpaper
Next, you need to take the smoother sandpaper (150- 200 grit), and this time you have to rub it gently and slowly following the grain of the surface. This made the surface ready for the next step.
Take The Finer Sandpaper
Finally, you have to apply the finer sandpaper (220-240 grit) to remove the fibers that come out during the sanding with rough sandpaper. This certainly gives your surface the much-needed smooth finish that you need to get the best result out of painting.
Remove The Dust
This is probably the most vital thing to be done just after finishing the sand work. The wood dust that comes out while sanding should be removed unless it can make the surface rough after painting and also the surface may be lost its shine. All you need to take clean cheesecloth and gently run it all over the wooden pieces. After several attempts, all the dust may wipeout off the surface.
What If You Don’t Sand The Furniture?
If you don’t sand the piece of wooden furniture before painting, it can be seen the paint coming off the piece. Besides, chipping and peeling off paint are the two things that commonly happen due to that. Therefore, to make the paint on your furniture durable, it is obvious for you to paint it following all the proper ways.
Final Words Before Saying Good-Bye
Furniture is always an integral part of a home. You cannot think to live without it. Then it should be maintained in such a way so that your furniture looks stunning from the outside and durable from the inside. To make this possible painting is one of the best things to do quite frequently. And before doing this, you have to do the sanding without a miss. Mind it!!