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 Post subject: sanding sealer and grain filler- whats the difference?
PostPosted: Mar Thu 14, 2019 2:29 am 
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Hi, could someone explain the difference between sanding sealer and grain filler. Also, what applications are they designed for. thanks


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 Post subject: Re: sanding sealer and grain filler- whats the difference?
PostPosted: Mar Thu 14, 2019 6:08 pm 
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The two are for entirely different purposes. Sanding sealer is like shellac, it will seal a a surface such as wood with a stain on it. It has the consistency of "water" (give or take). Grain filler is a heaver style product that is designed to fill gaps (as in the grain or "pores" ) in wood. Do you ever see a Grand Piano and wonder why the finish is like glass and you can't see any pores in the wood ? Once you have your grain filler on and it has dried, you then sand it flat. Then you might apply some sanding sealer to seal the finish. Or you might apply stain after you have sanded the grain filler flat, and then apply some sanding sealer to prevent any further coatings from changing the work you have done up until that point. Without sanding sealer any additional stain might make your desired finish too dark. Or if you want to spray lacquer at that point, you could probably get away with less coats of lacquer with a sanding sealer because the first coat of lacquer will be sitting on top of your sanding sealer coat. Lots of ways to skin a cat, but the idea is to do as few stages of anything to arrive at the desired outcome. You will eventually find a process that works for you. Some people use a sanding sealer and some do not. I think everyone agrees that a grain filler just makes the finish a lot more appealing.
Just my 2 cents..
Tony


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