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Wet sanding sponge for mouldings on kitchen doors

Listed under Blog, preparation Posted Mar 04 2012

You could buy an Oakey sanding sponge to wet sand mouldings and fiddly profiles on kitchen doors – or any doors really. Or you can make your own. This is a coach painter’s trick, and works really well and in a low tech kind of way.

Take a soft cloth, scrunch it up loosely into a ball, wrap your wet ‘n’ dry abrasive around it, dunk it in water and rub away…

This is an example of wet sanding on a panel radiator. The advantage of this over say an Oakey sanding sponge is the flexibility of the cloth.

The Oakey sponges need a fair bit of pressure to persuade them to work into certain profiles, so you may tend to take more off the edges than you need (or want) to. With the soft rag, the abrasive is more compliant, so you don’t have to push so hard to get the shapes you want. Once you get the right position, away you go, up and down, nice and steady.

Another advantage is that this set-up is simple – you just use your stock wet abrasive and a rag, no need to carry a range of sanding sponges that have a certain life before you have to throw them away.

The Oakey sponges are really good for (wet) sanding flat profiles though. That is where their rigidity helps, not hinders. (It is one of the tools I suggest for preparing laminate with wet sanding)

The Mirka Abranet soft sponges are very flexible compared to an Oakey sponge, but not as pliable as the rag idea, and not really suitable for wet sanding.

If you have used pumice powder recently, or steel wool, or any other tips for sanding fiddly mouldings, your input is most welcome.

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