My wife and I make custom cabinets for customers. We work together on
almost all of the fabrication but she takes over on the sanding and
finishing. ( I really miss not getting to do the sanding... Yea right!).
She insists on using sanding sealer on every project. I question it but she
keeps saying that if I can get a better finish, help myself! She feels like
the sanding sealer makes a better base for the top coats. She sands the
sanding sealer lightly before applying the top coats. Customers rave about
the finishes. Who am I to try to fix something that isn't broke? Besides,
I might have to do all that sanding!
I think it is one of those preference things that if it works for you... use
It's been my experience, after intro by various regulars here, that
scrapers are better-simpler yet. Even using construction-grade
a quick coat of stain or sealer and a quick scraping, and the finish is
baby's-butt smooth. Not to mention- no dust.
And ... to answer your question, she's right.
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