Java Gel Stain - Is my over sanding going to be a problem ?

melizzaDecember 4, 2013

I am refinishing my oak cabinets. Before I discovered General Finishes Java Gel stain I had completely stripped the cabinets down to bare wood. Since I had no idea what I was doing I thought the finer the grit of sandpaper the smoother and more professional the look would be so I ultimately sanded all of the oak cabinets using a 400 grit ! Now after much research I see that this was a mistake and that 180 is the recommended max for oak. My question is will this matter since I am using a gel stain ? OR do I need to go back and rough up the surface with a rougher grit ? I haven't sanded the cabinet boxes yet and am concerned that they wont match unless I work up to 400 grit on the boxes as well .

This post was edited by melizza on Wed, Dec 4, 13 at 13:54

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Lightly rough it up with some 150-180 grit.

The difference between them will not be visible from normal viewing distances.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 3:21PM
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I followed your advice - sanded with 180 and applied the stain. They all look exactly the same. Thank you so much for your help.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 11:52AM
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