Wetting boards between sanding?

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Forum topic by jody495 posted 11-24-2020 11:27 PM 455 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2020 11:27 PM

Hello woodworkers. I would like your thoughts are about wiping down boards with water to raise the grain between sanding. Thank you

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#1 posted 11-24-2020 11:30 PM

I’ve done it when using water based stains and dyes. Otherwise I don’t remember doing it much.

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#2 posted 11-24-2020 11:53 PM

as loren said only when using water based products which i rarely do.

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#3 posted 11-25-2020 01:12 AM

If your finish will be nitro lacquer, it’s pretty standard to use a “damp” cloth to raise the fibers and cut them off by sanding prior to spraying. No experience with other finishes but works great for guitars!

-- Darrel

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#4 posted 11-25-2020 05:39 AM

Also helps with shellac, which also raises the grain, although I rarely bother. Instead I sand back the first 2 coats.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 11-25-2020 10:34 AM

Thanks for the information.

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#6 posted 11-25-2020 11:39 AM

I know people do it, but IMO there is no advantage of wetting prior to using a water based dye or stain.

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#7 posted 11-25-2020 01:52 PM

If you wait until you apply your first film coat, then smooth it… locks the fibers in place and you’re good to go.

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#8 posted 11-25-2020 05:48 PM

If I want a smoother finish, I raise the grain, doesn’t matter what kind of finish. I like to raise the grain whenever doing water or alcohol based finishes. I also only raise the grain up to 180 or 220. Rarely do I go beyond that, and definitely not prior to staining.

When doing oil finishes, I will sand in the first coat a lot of the time to fill in the pores. But, that’;s a whole different thing.

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#9 posted 11-25-2020 07:08 PM

I use a spray bottle with water and set it out in the sun to dry. I do it with almost every project. Seems to work well for me.

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