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#1 posted 11-23-2009 04:27 AM

Monte, Jerry is right. If you start again at a lower grit then basically you are starting the sanding process over again. One way to gauge when you have sanded enough is to lightly mark the surface of the wood with a #2 pencil and when the pencil marks are gone it is time to move on to the next grit.

With regards to coloring the wood with a water base dye as mentioned you will need to raise the grain before coloring the wood by wiping the surface of the wood with a water dampened cloth. Let it dry and then sand with the highest grit that you previously sanded the wood. In instances where I am going to be staining/dyeing the wood I will sand to 150 grit. For a natural finish I take the sanding up to 180 grit. But the 150 grit upper is to keep from closing off the pores of the wood so that it will take the dye better.

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