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Posted on Repairing scratches in cedar tongue and groove

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#1 posted 11-24-2019 06:01 PM

I think you are correct. You didn’t sand quite deeply enough. Cross grain scratches like that tear the grain and the effects go deep. I think your best approach is to start again but with coarser sandpaper like 80 grit always sanding with the grain, not across it. The coarser paper will do the initial wood removal more quickly and save work in the long run. As you proceed through finer grits, 100, 150, and maybe 180, check your work by applying some mineral spirits (paint thinner). This will highlight, temporarily, the cross grain scratches if they remain and tell you when it is OK to continue to the next finer grit. When you are satisfied with the results of the paint thinner test, let it dry and apply your finish. You are correct. The Min Wax product seems to blend quite well.

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