sanding stair treads

msdeb123August 27, 2011

I have just sanded 3 of my stair treads with a 50 grid sandpaper using a block electric sander, I thought I was suppose to sand down to the bear wood, now after reading your comment, can I now begin to just take of the old shine or do I have to continue to go to the bear wood, will the stain appear different? I have oak treads


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What do you want to do by sanding? Refinish or restain?

50 grit is extremely rough for sanding wood to do either refinish or restain, unless the finish is heavy and you intend to try and restain.

To refinish, sanding with 150 grit is sufficient.

However, the three you have done will look different, so you will need to do all the treads now.

A random orbit sander is much quicker, in my experience that what may be a finish sander by your description.

Use the 50 on all, then use 80 grit, then 120 grit and finally, 150 grit.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 12:24AM
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