How To Use A Sanding Sponge – How & When To Use A Sandpaper Sponge

If you are working on some woodworking projects, a sanding sponge should be one of the items you’ll need to boost your job quality.

A lot of people confuse the regular sandpaper with the sanding sponge. Well, the primary sanding sponge vs sandpaper comparison is with their respective sanding conditions. 

A sanding sponge can handle both wet and dry sanding, while a sanding sponge can handle both wet and dry sanding.

So if you are new to woodworking, here are some tips on how to use a sanding sponge:

First Touches

First off, you’ll need to start with a coarser grit as you go down to a finer grit. Use a sanding sponge to get into fine trim crevices. Ideally, apply some extra pressure so that the sponge conforms to the irregular surfaces.

Don’t forget to sand in the grain’s direction as you work on your wood pieces. Also, wipe the wood pieces with a tack cloth to get rid of the dust residue on them.

Have Two Sanding Sponges

If you are working on spackling repairs or drywall, you should have two sanding sponge with you. One will be for dry sanding and the other for wet sanding.

The damp sanding sponge helps to remove the spackling or initial residue. When you’re done with that, apply a light hand with the dry sanding sponge.

After finishing with the damp sponge, rinse and squeeze out the excess water and allow it to dry. You can then use it for the next project. Regular sandpaper wouldn’t do that.

You can use the WD-40 lubrication when sanding bare metal rather than using water.

David B. Harper

David is a Professional Craftsman & woodworking expert for 8 years, and in that time has written huge resources and guides on woodworking and tools.

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