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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Guitartom_ca, Jan 6, 2009.
how fine of sandpaper should i use before using grain filler on Ash?
320. There are people who will say that you need to go finer, but they're not following the grain. This was a mistake I made for a long time.
A lot of the really pretty woods have grain that changes directions quite a bit, so you have to change directions quite a bit when you're sanding.
I always spray a coat of sand & sealer before grain filling. Otherwise, the filler gets into ALL of the pores of the wood and stains them, and not just the bigger pores of the grain lines. Vinyl sealer, a wash coat of thin lacquer, shellac, etc. work fine as a sealer coat as well.
I use 400, sometimes 500 in this 3M 216 paper that doesn't corn so much.
Depends what look you are going for. I don't like sanding, following the seams or the grain so much, because even block sanding, the pore areas wear away faster and the seams 'get too much attention'.
Yes, the stain in the grain filler can change the appearance of the ash, but not necessarily for the worse. Try it both ways, and decide for yourself. I use mostly Bartley's natural, with just a bit of the so called 'light' mixed in. This mostly mutes down the contrasting areas, but on most ash this is good.
If the grain direction changes so much, would a circular pattern be better than with the grain?
I use 500 or so.