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Using Orbital palm sander to remove a finish from Oak - is what i am doing ok?

by Prizen
posted 02-02-2017 09:58 PM

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#1 posted 02-02-2017 10:18 PM

If there’s a clear coat like poly or whatever, I’d use a stripper, then have at it with the orbital. With an orbital you can work your way up in grits, and there shouldn’t be any “scratches”. And I wouldn’t worry about rounding over the 90* angles, just keep the sander flat and on plane…should be fine if your careful.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#2 posted 02-02-2017 10:29 PM

Make sure that the table is not veneered before you go at it too aggressively with the sander. If the underside is a different type of wood than the top or the grain pattern is significantly different, you can bet that the veneer on the top is very thin so won’t take much power sanding. Another telltale sign is if the top looks like it is one continuous piece—not multiple boards to make up the width. That might be obvious to you but since you said you have forgotten everything, I thought I would point out the obvious. ;-)

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 02-02-2017 10:42 PM

After using a ROS I always hand sand with the last grit I used on the ROS, with the grain.

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#4 posted 02-03-2017 03:32 PM

I recently refinished a hardwood table top of unknown species. Stripper was too messy for me because I was only doing the top and didn’t want to risk damaging the rest of the table. I started with 80 grit on a random orbital sander and quickly removed all the old finish. I graduated to 120, 150 and finally 180 grit paper. It turned out very well.

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#5 posted 02-03-2017 03:35 PM

And…......don’t press down on the sander. Let the machine do the work.

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#6 posted 02-03-2017 06:36 PM

Thanks guys, really appreciate the advice.

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