Step 4: Hand-sand profiles and clear away dust

hand-sanding the profiles
Photo: Kit Latham
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Fold a half sheet of 100-grit sandpaper in thirds, press it into a section of the profile with your fingertips, then rub back and forth in long strokes over the length of the molding. Use a sanding sponge, above, on inside corners where fingers can't reach. Follow with a quick brushing and a thorough vacuuming to clear away dust that might mar the finish.
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    Tools List

    • sawhorse
      Sawhorses
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • paint scraper
      Scrapers
    • shop vacuum
      Shop vac
    • synthetic brush
      China-bristle paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. 80-GRIT SANDING DISCS
    for random-orbit sander

    2. 100-GRIT SANDING DISCS
    for random-orbit sander

    3. 120-GRIT SANDING DISCS
    for random-orbit sander

    4. 100-GRIT SANDING PAPER

    5. SANDING SPONGE

    6. THE FINISH OF YOUR CHOICE
    see "What Finish to Use" in Step 6