I'm in the process of doing the final prep on a pair of cherry
nightstands, and have a question about the level of sanding required. I
used my ROS to move through 120, 150, 180 and 220 grit and have a surface
that appears to look great under a raking light. There are no visible swirl
marks that I can see, but I'm assuming they are there and will pop when I
apply Watco's Natural to it.
When I try to do a final hand-sanding using 240 grit to get rids of the
"unseen" swirl marks, I seem to add more visible scratches than I may be
removing. I'm sanding with the grain using a felt pad block and am careful
to apply an even pressure, but I've tried this twice now and keep getting
some very fine visible scratches on the surface.
Any suggestions? Should I stop at 220 grit with the ROS, or am I looking
for trouble with the swirl marks later? Maybe go with a higher grit for the