What grade sandpaper does 0000 steel wool equal? Is there any advantage
which would indicate whether to use steel wool or the equivalent
sandpaper between coats of finish? For instance, if 0000 has the same
abrasion as say 220, what factor(s) would determine which would be
better for a particular finish?
check out the chart: it says 400-600 grit. I would have
guessed it was a bit higher--stupid me! :)
Avoid using steel wool between coats of water based products
(water borne lacquers, polys, and YES, there is a WB shellac!)
But does it give the same finish? I never thought of them being
interchangeable. When is one more appropriate than the other.
Aside from using SOS pads to clean whitewalls, I'm not knowledgeable about
using steel wool.
Definitely _not_ the same. Particle shape is very different. Never had to
have SWMBO take pieces of 400 grit out of my fingers with tweezers.
I suppose comparisons are a "scratch no worse than" proposition.
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absolutely not! I'm partial to the use of pads after the
last coat has cured. I wouldn't use fine grit sandpaper to
obtain the final sheen. I stop at either gray or white pads.
Sandpaper is appropriate for pre finishing and inter coat
sanding. I avoid steel wool due to my use of WB finishes.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
Grant, I wasn't saying that sandpaper shouldn't be used.
What I meant by "absolutely not" is that the results are
different that using pads. I didn't mean that one process
is "inferior" to the other.
Grant P. Beagles wrote:
I usually use steel wool, with a lubricant, to rub a gloss finish
down to a lower sheen, and to apply wax..
Many people don't know the proper way to use steel wool, with the
fibers held perpendicular to the stroke. <G> There actually is a
"grain" to the stuff.
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