Bottom line? Sometimes I am a smidge too thrifty. Meaning.…even though sanding furniture is MY JOB and I use the best paints and finishes and paint brushes.…I have tended to go cheapo on the sand paper. When a place called “Harbor Freight” can sell me a giant pack of sand paper or sponges for next to nothing AND takes a coupon.…then why would I pay 6x that for the same grit sand paper at an ACTUAL home improvement store that normal people go to?
Well, I will tell you why. Meet No. 29 and his oh so nasty, gummy, thick and persistent finish:
Also, meet the wreckage it left behind after sanding:
I will say, my orbital sanding pads worked great– I only buy the cheap hand sanding stuff.…WAIT.…PAUSE…I just realized how nerdy this must all sound.
Whatever.….The rest of the mess in that pile was just a massacre of all the leftover sheets I could find to hand sand the edges of this dresser. I WAS OVER IT.
So, I went to the REAL home improvement store and bought 2 of the best brands.…you know, the ones that say “sands faster”. My findings? My favorite so far is DEFINITELY 3M SANDBLASTER.
They lasted WAAAAAY longer and worked MUCH faster. Norton brand did ok too, but I found 3m to be the best. Worth every penny, didn’t use half as much and it was GREAT.
THE CRACKS IN MY SKIN ON THE TIPS OF MY FINGERS THANK YOU, 3M SANDBLASTER.
Hope this helps someone. Have a good weekend,