what sand paper do i need for a coffee table

Choosing Sandpaper for Coffee Table Refinishing

Having a beautiful, new coffee table can bring the perfect touch to your living area. But if you find an older coffee table you like at a discounted price, you may want to refinish it yourself. Here’s what you’ll need when sanding a coffee table before refinishing it:

Gather Your Supplies

Before you start, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Sandpaper
  • Dust brush
  • Sanding block
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Safety goggles
  • Dust mask

Choose the Right Sandpaper

The right sandpaper will depend on the type of material your coffee table is made of. If it is made of softwood, use sandpaper in a range of 80 – 120 grit. If the table is made of hardwood, start with a coarser paper in the 120 – 150 grit range. Anything coarser may damage the wood. Finally, if your coffee table is made of metal, choose 150 or 180 grit sandpaper.

Start Sanding

Now you’re ready to start sanding. Begin by using a medium sandpaper (100-120 grit) and work until the coffee table has a smooth surface. Move up to finer grades of sandpaper (150-180 grit) until it’s completely smooth. Make sure to vacuum frequently as you move up the grit range to minimize dust.

Sand Carefully

Be sure to sand carefully, so that you don’t end up with any gouges or dents in the wood. Also, make sure to wear safety goggles and a dust mask, and keep your vacuum cleaner nearby to reduce the amount of dust in the air.

Following these tips, you’ll be able to complete the refinishing process and turn your coffee table into a stunning and beautiful piece of furniture.

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