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How long can a freshly sanded deck wait before sealing without do overs?

I just had a composite covered deck installed with wood railings. Part will be screened and rest open. The contractor is ready to frame for screened portion and advised me to stain before he frames. ...
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Over sanded between coats of varnish

I’ve finally stained and applied a first coat of varnish (oil based poly in satin finish) to a dining table. I went to sand it lightly once dried as per instructions - I think I used a way too rough ...
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Replacing recessed medicine cabinet, uneven frame?

I'm replacing a recessed medicine cabinet, which is slightly taller than the previous one and does not fit into the existing hole. I need to reduce the height of the existing frame by a quarter inch (...
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Black dots on wooden stair treads, can't sand them away

I am quite a beginner as far as diy is concerned and I'm in the process of refurbishing the old wooden stairs in our new house. Never done that before. It was carpeted so I removed it and there were ...
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How do I treat a recently sanded pine staircase?

I want to restore our Victorian staircase, going from a drabby flattened 1960s beige carpet, to a fully sanded, restored looking staircase, with painted risers, stained treads and a runner down the ...
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Getting rid of rough edges after removing old paint

I have an old weatherboard house. Removed a lot of old, flaked paint recently from a relatively large section of the house above a rickety old garage. Because it wasn't the safest place to be, I was ...
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How to sand plaster corner using oscillating tool?

I'm fitting a blackout blind and the width of the opening of the window recess at the top narrows over at the the final 4 cm or so (1.6") by a maximum of perhaps 2.5 mm (1/10 th of an inch). The ...
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How to effectively and efficiently remove varnish from wood

I have been restoring an old staircase. I started sanding it with fine sandpaper and then tried rougher paper. It seems that the varnish layer on the wood is melting when sanding over it and sticking ...
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Mineral spirits not drying on unfinished hardwood floor (12 hours later)

I'm looking for suggestions on how to dry down or remove excess mineral spirits from our unfinished hardwood floor. We installed new, unfinished hardwood flooring (yellow birch), sanded it and then ...
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Waxed floorboards now too slippery - how to keep look but create some friction?

With hindsight I perhaps shouldn't have done this, but it cannot be undone, so I am looking for the best way to remedy the situation! Restoring some old pine floorboards, I sanded them down and ...
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Can I rough sand a deck before rain, and finish sand after rain dries?

I am in the process of sanding and staining a new deck (built in June) but the weather is not being very cooperative. I know stain needs to sit 48 hrs before being rained on, and that wood needs to be ...
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How to efficiently trim 3mm polycarbonate with portable tool(s)?

I have a square of 3mm thick polycarbonate (aka "Lexan" after a common brand, though mine is a different brand) that is roughly 50cm along each edge. I need to trim a few mm off one corner and part ...
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Sanding between coats of water-based finish

I built a farmhouse table with Douglas Fir, applied Saman water-based stain, and then applied the first coat of water-ased finish. The folks at the store said I should sand after the first coat, using ...
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How to smooth cement trim/moulding on pillars?

I'm getting my house painted and have about 20 decorative concrete pillars with cement trim/moulding (see pics below). The first contractor turned out to be a rookie and basically slathered paint on ...
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Sanding and revarnishing areas of different shades (wood floors)

I have been sanding my wooden floor with the intent of revarnishing. However, before I did this I moved a few 1kitchen counters and such around. So now the areas which had counters on top for the ...
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Fix drywall painting disaster

I had a team of "professionals" repaint the drywalls of a newly-purchased house. A few days after they completed the work, two kinds of defects appeared on the walls, in a large number of different ...
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Do I need to sand between coats of varnish?

I have sanded down a table and put 2 coats of paint on it. I have also applied two coats of varnish. The first coat was smooth but the second coat of varnish seems rough. It looks like wood that got ...
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Preparing cedar board & batten siding for new solid color acrylic stain … what makes sense for time

I own a circa 1986 ranch style home in the often cold & snowy northwest (Buffalo, NY) area. It is cedar board & batten as you see below. Size is approx 40' x 65'. I believe the color is ...
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Would it be appropriate to sand a floor between coats of poly with a handheld orbital sander?

Very closely related: How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane? However, I'm not asking for a how-to or which is the preferred tool/method but rather one specific tool and if it's an ...
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Re-staining with a lighter stain

I'm trying to restore a piece of furniture that has sentimental value. It is currently stained with a very dark (mahogany?) color: However, I would like to stain it a much lighter color (Maple, using ...
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Re staining a deck -how I have to sand only the area that lost the stain?

I stained my deck with using this product https://www.olympic.com/products/us/exterior-stains/olympic-summit-woodland-oil Afer two years the heavy traffic area looks likebelow. The rest of the deck ...
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Can you polish a concrete pier block?

I've been searching google for awhile but can't find a straight answer (every link is about walls/floors): Can I polish (or sand to be smoother at least) a concrete pier block? I have this one from ...
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How can I repair a poor drywall taping job?

For my first-ever drywall taping attempt, I (predictably) messed up. Taped the walls (three coats), then added primer (two coats) and semi-gloss Behr paint (two coats). Reinstalled my lighting and ...
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Can stained MDF be restored?

I embarked on an ambitious project to restore a piece of furniture by stripping it, sanding it back, re-staining, and re-varnishing. The stripping and sanding part has turned into an absolute ...
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Gooey build up on sandpaper when sanding

just started my first DIY project of finishing my 3 year old IKEA Gerton Beech Wooden table top. I have been using this as my computer table and it has become very dirty so I thought I'll use this ...
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What grit sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane?

I'm planning on applying polyurethane to a pine bench I've finished staining. I decided on foam brushes for application, but I wasn't sure what grit sandpaper I should use between coats. Is 400 good ...
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Can I reduce the width of a board half an inch by sanding?

I am building a bed frame. Like a fool, I thought 2 x 4 lumber was actually 2 x 4 inches. Now I have a gap that is .5 inches too wide on either side of my frame. I'm wondering if there is a good fix ...
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Flexible palm disc sander: Are there any other names?

I came across a hand tool in a This Old House/Nick Offerman video that is some sort of flexible pam disc sander. How it's used: I think the user can simply velcro on a hook-and-loop sanding pad (...
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Proper machine tool for sanding metal frame

I have now laid bare a metal frame by following advise in a previous answer. Now I want to remove its white paint coating. I've briefly tried manual sanding (with P180 sandpaper), but this promises ...
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Sanding floors where radiators interfere

We have radiant heat with approximately 8 " high metal radiators hanging off the lowest portion of some of the walls. How would/could I use an edge sander? Or do I just get as close as I can with ...
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Should I remove this gray layer on freshly bought steel?

So I bought this steel bar 240x5x0.5 cm and it has this kind of ugly, somewhat chippy surface: a dark gray layer. What is it? Should it be removed? In the picture, you can see how I'd sand it down, ...
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How to resurface a patch of hardwood floor? Reapplying stain and poly

Resurfacing Background So about a year ago, I resurfaced my entire upstairs by myself. In the process of doing so, I water popped the floors, went with an oil based stain, and a water based poly. I ...
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Do I sand or power wash the deck?

Greetings community of fixers, I have an aging deck that will be torn down and replaced within (hopefully) 5 years. In the meantime, I'm trying to determine the best course of action to keep it ...
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Does sand help with drainage or marshy lawns around a house?

We moved into our home nine months ago, and slowly the situation of runoff from other properties has led to a condition where the back yard is very marshy-like (your shoes would get muddy and it's a ...
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Is an orbit sander preferable over a belt sander for tabletops?

Since I will be using a sander rather infrequently, I figured I'd save myself collecting more hardware by buying just a (portable) belt sander and using it for both serious sanding (areas on floors ...
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Reapplying spar varnish/urethane to exterior door

I have a 'knotty alder' front door that was refinished by a contractor last August. However, because the lower panel of the door has already deteriorated due to sun exposure, I decided to sand the ...
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Having some trouble with Sanding hardwood floors

I thought I sand my floors myself so last night I rented random orbit sander from home depot. Using the 36 grit sand paper. I did not get the result I was hoping to get. It is my first time using the ...
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Am I doing something wrong with this sanding job?

I'm trying to finish a finishing job on a dresser; I abandoned the project (long story) a while ago after getting a few drawers done, and I've since lost the exact instructions I was following. After ...
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Ok to use Denatured Alcohol to clean wood before applying oil-based primer?

I'm preparing crown molding for painting. The molding is pre-primed with pine core. I hand-sanded the molding and vacuumed to remove as much dust as possible. The surface still has dust, and I'm not ...
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How do you get rid of brush marks when repainting

I'm going to be repainting the interior walls of my house and all of the interior walls have brush marks on them. Will the normal sanding between coats cover up the brush marks or will I have to sand ...
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How can I blend sanded cedar into the surrounding darker wood with a polyurethane finish?

I applied unfinished cedar tongue and groove wood, to my ceiling and I applied one coat of minwax fast drying clear polyurethane to it. I noticed that one of the sections turned a light grey and ...
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Sanding a Home Depot Stair Tread

I purchased a stair tread from Home Depot that I wanted to use as a window sill. I think it's red oak. I stained several already and the stain didn't come out as nicely as I would have hoped. There ...
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Oscillating or Drum Floor Sander

I'm refinishing the floors in a 4 bedroom house, built circa 2003. The house is roughly 1800 sqft total. The 4 bedrooms have pine floors, while the living room and the hallway are some sort of ...
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Which sander and sandpaper should I use on floor after using wood filler?

I've sanded my 100-year-old floor with a drum sander, and troweled wood filler over the entire surface. Now I'm ready to sand again before staining. How aggressive of a sander (drum, random orbital) ...
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Do I need to sand my new pressure-treated deck before staining it?

I just got a deck built and pre treated wood was used. Do I need to sand it before I stain it? I live in San Antonio, Texas
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How would I reverse yellow stains resulting from sealing a marble table top?

I sealed a new polished marble table top with a granite sealer that also works on marble. The discoloration is slight, but I'd like to remove it. What's the best way to do this? I've read about "...
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Why (if at all) is finish paint necessary on interior wood surfaces?

I have a couple of doors that stick in an old home. They stick even worse when occupants hang coat racks or mirrors over the door. The doors, like the home, are old and have plenty of character, i.e. ...
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Can I put a sanding drum in a routing table and use it like a spindle sander?

If I mount something like one of these: in a router in a router table, have I just created a spindle sander, or are there other differences in how they work? If you've already got a router, what ...
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Something like epoxy for painting a playhouse?

I'm building a bunk-bed/playhouse out of (mostly) plywood. The plywood I bought is not the best stuff, definitely no veneer. The smoother face is still pretty splintery. In hindsight I wish I had ...
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What's wrong with the polyurethane on this hardwood floor refinishing job?

This is basically what I've done so far: I sanded the floor down to 120 grit with a drum sander (did a pretty good, time consuming job) Put 1 coat of polyurethane down - these problem-spots soaked it ...