How to Use a Da Sander – Dual Action Sander Using Step by Step Guide

A da (Dual Action) sander is a very flexible tool that can be used by anyone when it comes to sanding or refinishing the wood. This powerful sander consists of a head that can be moved in two directions while you are operating.

You can move it in a forward or backward direction, and if you want to rotate it slightly in a circular motion, you can easily do that as well. 

Accordingly, you can surely take help from this sander for getting smooth and successful results for your DIY project. In order to achieve that, you first have to know about the way you can use it properly. 

From the following article, you will get a complete guideline about da sander use. Let’s check it out.

Get All the Required Equipment

· Dual Action sander

· Sanding disk (5 inches approximately)

· Palm sander 

· Sandpaper

· Vacuum cleaner

· Safety goggles

· Dust mask

· Wiping cloth (tack rag)


Steps To Use DA Sander

Below, you will find out how to use a Dual Action sander using a step by step guide.

Step 1: Get Yourself Ready

Take all of the equipment at your work station. Wear safety goggles and a dust mask before you start cleaning the area with a vacuum cleaner. Clean the wooden board if it is necessary. 

Step 2: Choose the Right Sanding Disk

We highly recommend that you should familiarize yourself with all the sanding disks that have different grit sequences. Each of the grit works best in different kinds of situations. So, you should check which one is perfect for your wood. 

Usually, the disks come in multiple ranges between 60-grit to 220 grit. For paint removal, use a grit that is less than 80 for getting suitable results. This one is not suitable for your fine wood, and if you use it accidentally, it will get damaged and might leave some heavy scratches. 

You will have to provide extra time and effort to solve this problem. If you have some deep scratches or saw marks, you can use sanding disk between 80-grit to 100-grit. Start with 80, and if you are not feeling satisfied, level up the grit sequences. 

Likewise, if your wood is filled with stains and you desperately want it to get vanished, use a 150-grit disk to get your job done. To have a nice ending and for the finishing touch, the 220-grit disk will be the best that you can use without any hesitation.

Step 3: Turn on the Dual Action Sander

Gently, place the da sander flat onto the wood surface and turn on the power. Move the sand along the grain and take your time throughout this whole task. Always move the machine in constant motion and don’t keep it in a specific area for a long time. 

If this happens, the finishing won’t be smooth, and you might create some additional process unintentionally. To remove the already existed scratches, sand that area constantly until the scratches are getting vanished. 

At the same time, to sand the corners, you can use the sandpaper to do it by using your hand. You can even check the smoothness of the edges with your finger as you are in the process of sanding. For additional precautions, you can use the palm sander for sanding the unseen areas that you might have left during your work.

Step 4: Remove the Dust

Check the dust collection bag and clear all of it. There might be some additional dust due to sanding; you should clean all of it by using a vacuum cleaner. Once you completed the cleaning process, take the tack rag, and wipe the wood from start to the end. 

Accordingly, as you finished the important part, it is time for you to do the cleaning. The whole sanding process will undoubtedly create a huge amount of dust, and you can clean it off with the help of a vacuum cleaner. 

As the dust got vanished, thanks to the cleaner. Sweep the whole wood with the tack rag. Now your DIY project is complete. Cheers!


Make sure you follow the steps precisely. Have a fun and enjoyable time throughout your work!

Best of luck!



David has been a Craft & woodworking enthusiast for 10 years, and in that time has written huge resources on Sander, woodworking, and tools.

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