Originally Posted by jklotz
I'm sure the other suggestions will be just fine, but the guy at my local woodworking shop suggested wet sanding using naptha instead of water, as it's not a lacquer solvent and will evaporate quickly, and not allowing the wood to swell. I haven't tried it, but it makes sense on paper
Some safety issues with doing this:
1. Probably most of you don't do this, but I wet sand with an orbital sander. Using naptha with an electric sander would probably insure a fiery demise.
2. Don't do this in a garage that contains a hot water heater, or once again, you could die in a fire.
That being said, I've done it and it works. The best wet sanding is water and a small amount of Wol-Wax (which is called something else nowadays, can't remember what).
Never had an issue with water getting on unfinished wood. I don't go out of my way to put it there, but it doesn't seem to hurt much.