I am painting a cabinet I built with black semi-gloss paint. I've just
primed the plywood and put on the first coat of black semi-gloss. Do I need
to sand before the second coat? If so, what grain should I use? Thanks!
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. As you can probably
tell, I'm new to both the newsgroup and woodworking. This has been my
first project and the feeling of actually creating something with my
hands is indescribable. There seems to be a wealth of knowledge here that
I'm sure will be useful foro many future projects. Thanks again!
You need to sand it, either lightly (enough to key it for the second
coat) or a bit more heavily (to remove any brushmarks). You can also
reduce brushmarking by brushing alternate coats crosswise to the last
For sanding paint, I prefer wire wool to sandpaper because it doesn't
clog. 0 grade is usually about right, or 00 for gentle keying. If you
do use sandpaper, make sure it's an "open" grit (not fully coated) and
"stearated" - These are measure to redcuce clogging on paint, and most
good stuff will be. 180 or 240 grit is usually about right for
woodworking. Much finer for a "car showroom" finish, if you're
Next time, you may find that primer, undercoat, finish allows you to
get a good result with fewer coats of the finish. It's quicker and
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