Wet Sanding Basics & How To Do Wet Sanding On Wood and Drywall

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Technically, if you define wet sanding, I shall say it is a better alternative to the ordinary drywall sanding within a household repair or remodeling. Wet sanding method is effective and safe firstly because dry dust doesn’t get released into the air in the time of action. Working this way is a better option to all those people who are highly allergic to excessive rubbing. And secondly, if no dust, no extra efforts to clean up the mess settled on other furnitures. Hopefully, by now you must have got the basic idea of this concept! Wet sanding is nothing but a process of dry sanding an inflicted drywall or plaster at the time of repairs in your home. The main ingredient used in wet sanding is the proper choice of a sanding sponge. Yes sponge is the ‘tool’ used to sand the patches and blocks on the wall. It often requires a rinsing and cleansing though!

For a drywall repair taking place anywhere in your home. Like in your living room or kitchen, perhaps bathroom, using the proper technique of wet sanding is necessary. Below I have discussed the simplest method of wet sanding wood.

Wet Sanding Wood

The main objective of sanding wood, or any other wood furniture is reducing the load on using liquid sand paper. the process of dry sanding using a sandpaper will create a blockage to the material you are removing. It often sticks to the paper and makes your job all the more tough. Hence wet sanding is introduced which will remove the waste material in the blink of your eye and also keep the sandpaper all clean. When it comes to furnitures merely applying varnishes and paint doesn’t finish the job. Achieving a perfect refurbished surface is an important aspect. Check these steps below to do the same, before you jump only on the aesthetic part.

Step 1:

Considering any of your furniture, sand its surface to a 320 grit and soundly remove all the sanding dust from the holes and pores of the woodworking. You would have to use a compressed air or an ordinary vacuum to do so. Also, keep a tack cloth at hand to clean the surface.

Step 2:

Once you successfully complete step 1, paste a wood filler to create a smooth furbished surface on your working piece. Now mixing a simple solution of water and detergent wet sand the surface and use a rubber sanding block at the bottom center. All this procedure hardly takes anytime to finish. In the final step, use an automotive wax to polish your article of furniture.

Since, wet sanding is the method of damping the drywall right before sanding it, it is the most recommended and significant method in working faster towards a repairing project. While wet sanding drywall ensure to keep a bucket of water next to you. Dip the sponge in and keep rinsing it frequently when it becomes turbid. With this here are some tips about wet sanding drywall (painting new drywall) that you could keep in mind.

Tips on Wet Sanding Drywall

Selecting the Sponge:

Sponge selection is the important aspect of wet sanding. They aren’t heavy weighted at all and its availability is easy in any near-by store. Since they are light-weighted they are also bigger in size, at least bigger than your ordinary kitchen sponge. These sponges have a quality that wets and sands the drywall simultaneously. It is advisable to go for a sponge tapering at it’s corners.

Cleaning the Sponge:

Now a constant usage of the sponge is definitely going to mud the sponge where all the sediments and particles would remain absorbed. Hence often cleaning would be required, because with more dust settled in the sponge, picking up of the same will be annoying. Ensure to keep a bucket of water to rinse and wring the sponge frequently. Also, make sure you replace and refill the dirty bucket with fresh water occasionally.

Using Water:

Water isn’t always a good solution to everything. In wet sanding case, if you use too much water, it will have a substantial effect on the wall. Using lot of water would strikingly reduce the drying time of the wall. This would lengthen your working project and ultimately bore you till its all over. Another aspect of using excessive water is the lifting or turning of the plaster wall. Too much liquid on it would make it all messy. So wring your sponge as often as you can to avoid all this fuss.

Hopefully, all these straightforward tips and discussion on wet sanding was fruitful for you to go about working your repair works in your house or backyard! Don’t haste with your job while working on any remodeling project. Although the finessing and refinement of an object takes time in the books of wet sanding, its far more a better option if you desire to gain a clean process.