03-05-2011, 08:36 AM
Join Date: Mar 2011
| | Re: DIY aquarium stand lots of photos - first ever woodworking project
Most wood should be finish sanded with 220 grit before staining. Getting all the dust off prior to staining isn't critical. Blow the piece with an air tip and the rest will come off while rubbing with the stain. You need to be careful wiping with a damp cloth because the water will raise the grain on most woods enough to cause "blotchy" staining, I personally prefer oil based stain for this very reason. 220 grit after a seal coat just to remove the roughness only, then I use a scotchbrite pad after a base coat then a finish coat. Another thing I do when I'm finished spraying the top coat is, I will fill the gun with lacquer thinner and spray a light coat over the piece a few times, this will help give you an almost glass-like finish, melt all overspray and clean the gun at the same time. Lowe's has a small gun perfect for furniture for about $40 and a small compressor will work just fine with it. Hope this will help some people, I know there is nothing worse than putting a lot of time and effort into something only to have the last step not turn out as nice as the rest.
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