Video: Prepping Wood for Water-Based Finishes

Video: Prepping Wood for Water-Based Finishes

Water-based finishes can raise the grain fibers, leaving a rough surface. Before applying water-based finishes, it’s a good idea to wet the surface with water to intentionally raise the grain. Then sand the surface with 400 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Now you can apply the finish and it will not raise the grain.

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  • Chet

    I wish I had seen this before I put my water based finish on a bowl I turned. Very frustrating to go that far on a project and have grain stand up! Water based is great because it retains bright colors in wood, so worth this extra step.