Before you apply paint, oil or satin your woodworking project it is best to follow the right procedure. Oust particles or sand. Although the finest dust particles are virtually invisible to the eye. The damage that can be done by dust particles to a finished wood are immense. No one will want to buy a finished product that looks muddy in color and rough. For the perfect finish you have to make sure there is not even the tiniest speck of dust. Being a perfectionist as a wood worker will help you produce furniture’s or floors that are perfect, Shiny and really smooth.
Be a professional woodworker if you want to be the person praised for their perfect finish and attract more customers to your wood shop, you have to follow this procedure. Be different and introduce a whole new process for your clients and your competitors will keep asking where you got the idea from. Once you’ve followed this procedure step by step carefully you will be the envy of most people in the same field.
These is the most important part in the process of removing the dust since vacuuming the wood surface will remove most of the dust. You can start by blowing up the pile of dust with an air compressor fitted with a blower nozzle. This will eliminate most of the dust, also you can vacuum with a shop vacuum that has a good quality filter that will eliminate even the tiniest dust particles.
Well most wood workers will stop right there as they assume that all dust particles are gone, what they don’t know is that the vacuum cleaner will exhaust the particles back to the room and they might end resettling on the wood surface. If you apply your paint, stain or finish your work won’t look anything close to perfect this is why the next procedure is really equally important to vacuuming.
Wipe with a clean dry cloth
A white dry cloth will do the trick. Use it to wipe the wood surfaces of the wood. Since its white you will be able to see the dust particles as they accumulate on the surface. This stage will help eliminate the remaining specks that you cannot se. You should not stop here, just because you cannot see the specks it doesn’t mean they are not there. Just to be sure that the wood is perfect for the next step, the next process will have to apply.
Use a tack cloth
Cut the tack cloth into various pieces and wipe lightly on your wood surface. The amazing thing about the tack cloth is that it will eliminate every particles that vacuuming or dry clothing could not pick. Use the pieces that you’ve cut and wipe lightly on the surface. If one gets dirty replace it with a clean one. Repeat this process until the tack appears clean. Make sure that your tack cloth wipes smoothly on the surface. If it doesn’t this is a sign that you didn’t get the sanding process right and you should repeat it.
Wipe with denatured alcohol
Its really normal to stop at the tack cloth procedure since all this seems really exhausting, but you want your finish product to stand out and look more refined. In this procedure apply denatured alcohol on a cloth and wipe your wood surface. The use of denatured alcohol is mainly to pick up fine particles from the surface. The good thing about denatured alcohol is that it evaporates quickly and it won’t discolor the wood surface. It’s safe to use this process on projects that will be used for food such as cutting boards.
After this procedure it is advisable to start painting as soon as possible because once you leave it for evens day or a couple of hours the dust particles will settle again and your finished product won’t look the same. Apply your paint or oil finish and have the most perfect smooth finished product.
For the perfect surface after painting and finishing your wood project make sure you follow these four procedures and there will be no turning back.