Step 7: Apply final coat and reattach hardware

apply the final coats
Photo: Kit Latham
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After the finish has dried overnight, gently hand-sand it with 220-grit paper. (You don't want to sand through to bare wood.) Dust the door and wipe it down with a tack cloth. Brush on the second coat, following the same order, and let it dry overnight. Dust and sand with 280-grit paper, then put on the final coat. When that's dry, reattach the door hardware.
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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