The Sanding Vs Scraping Debate – Which is Better?
- 19 July 2021
- Posted by: hastingsio
- Category: Non classé
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If you want an even, consistent professional grade finish on your woodwork, you need to sand. And not just sand – sand it properly. Scraping will take you only so far, and some guys stop there, but proper sanding bumps it up to the next level.
Part of the folklore of the hand tool religion is that you need to sand after scraping anyway, because the scraped surface will be, and I’m quoting here: “Too smooth for finish to adhere to properly”. You can try that yourself as well, to see if that holds up. I’ve never had a surface that was too smooth for a finish to stick to. Wood is porous, so finish will always key into it.
Also, most finishes need to be sanded between coats so there’s no avoiding it. Just like any other tool for working wood, use it and learn to do it properly and not overdo it.
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