Wanna DIY your furniture using a liquid sander, but wondering whether it is easy or not? Here you go then, I have brought a few simple and easy steps through which you can easily handle the liquid sander and can transform any furniture product into a new one. The best part is you will not require any professional help if you follow the instructions strictly that I am going to explain below.
One more thing, for the beginners especially, knowing how to use a liquid sander is necessary because one can clean the furniture any time he wants and can maintain the outlook of his furniture. Moreover, there is a misconception that using a liquid sander is just a one-step process, well no. This process is time-consuming, not much but yes it requires your dedication. Once you are done working with the liquid sander you will observe a totally new look of your furniture that will make you feel proud.
How to Use Liquid Sander
Precautions to Take Before you Start the Process
There are some basic things that you should care about and definitely not compromise with before you start working with the liquid sander. You should have a mask, a plastic hand glove, eye-protective goggles, and the rough work area ( the back yard or the garage where you do your DIYs). Now let me explain the benefits of each one in detail.
The mask is necessary to prevent the inhalation of fumes while spraying liquid sander, plastic gloves are necessary to prevent your hands from contacting chemicals, eye-protection goggles are necessary to protect eyes from chemical fumes, and a rough area is required so that there is no mess created on the shiny floors of your house. Now as you know the list of whole precautionary measures we should begin with the steps now.
First of all clean the piece of furniture on which you are considering applying liquid sander. Clean it with a mixture of soap and water. I have also seen people using a little alcohol in this mixture but that’s not necessary, water and soap will work the best.
Do not skip this step as it is necessary and I am going to explain to you it’s worth later on in this article.
After cleaning, make sure that there is nothing dusty left on the focused piece of furniture and that the object is completely cleaned. This step is also necessary to do because any residue will disturb the smoothness when you will be applying paint in future.
After you are done cleaning, use the blower to dry that furniture piece. If the blower is not available, then let the furniture dry under the fan, but as it would take time, it is better you use the blower as each and every corner will be dried up.
Once you are done drying up the furniture, unscrew all the handles or metal parts from the furniture. It is an essential step, otherwise, liquid sander would damage the shine of the metal. You can also cover the knobs and handles with newspapers if you find unscrewing difficult and time taking.
Now comes to the main step and that is to remove the finish from the furniture using a liquid sander/ deglosser. Spray the deglosser all over the furniture and scrub away the finishing. Use a scrub or any other tough cloth and move it in a circular motion over the sprayed area.
Increase the pressure of your hand in the area where you find out the deglosser has not done its task.
Use a toothbrush to reach into the difficult corners and curves.
After removing the whole finding from the furniture, use water to clean the surface where you see some chemical residues. Clean it up with a soft cloth and let it dry. After a few minutes, the furniture is totally ready to be painted.
Cleaning Furniture before Applying Liquid Sander
In the above steps I have mentioned cleaning the furniture before you apply the liquid sander, most of you ask why is it necessary to do so? Let me tell you that it’s the essential step because without cleaning the furniture before applying deglosser/liquid sander, it won’t give you matte finishing. It is necessary that chemicals come in contact with the wood directly to work efficiently and properly, otherwise, the residues will not let the chemicals act properly.
Keep it Away from Fire
Make sure that you keep the liquid sander away from the fire as this is made up of a combination of chemicals and can catch fire suddenly, try to place it in a cool place.
Working of Liquid Sander
Basically, a liquid sander contains chemicals that react with the glossiness of the paint surface. After the reaction takes place, you can scrub off the glossiness of the paint layer easily without putting any pressure on the surface.
Afterward, you can apply new paint to the scrubbed area. You will observe that the paint color remains the same and won’t change as soon as you apply it over the scrubbed surface as the liquid sander has well cleaned the area.
Advantages of Liquid Sander
The first and foremost advantage of a liquid sander is that it can work efficiently through the delicate parts of the furniture and travels into each and every corner of the carvings. Secondly, you don’t need to put in extra exertion while cleaning the furniture. Third, no residues and debris are produced and there are minimum chances that you inhale any of the particles. The biggest advantage is that liquid sander does not interfere with the design of the delicate furniture, while sandpaper does.
Drawbacks of Liquid Sander
Along with having multiple advantages, a liquid sander has some drawbacks too, like it cannot smoothe the surface of the furniture as the sander does. Moreover, the liquid sander cannot be used as a paint primer. Lastly, the liquid sander cannot hide the rough and damaged surfaces.
Does liquid sander really work?
Liquid sander does work and saves time because of the high-quality chemicals used in it. But keep in mind that the liquid sander or deglosser does not provide the same smoothness as the sandpaper provides. But yes liquid sander makes the surface completely ready for the new paint to be done.
How long after the liquid sander can you paint?
After 15 to 20 minutes on average or until the furniture is completely dried up. If you are in a bit of a hurry then you can use a blower to dry up the furniture otherwise let it dry under the fan or the room temperature but do not use paint over it too quickly (on a wet furniture surface).
Can I paint over cabinets without sanding?
Yes, one can definitely paint without sanding the cabinets but it has its own consequences. Firstly, the paint will not look smooth and neat due to the residues. Secondly, you would have to apply double or triple coats to hide the unevenness and residues. So if you ask me I would say that it is better if you sand the cabinets first.
How do you know if the deglosser is working?
As soon as you start scrubbing the area in which you sprayed deglosser/ liquid sander, you will observe the color change. This is due to the chemical reaction that has taken place between the glossy paint layer and the liquid sander.
The steps mentioned above will not take more than 20 minutes on average, but time might vary depending on the size of the furniture, and your work rate. If you are having any kind of second thoughts like using a liquid sander will be difficult or let’s hire a professional then let me motivate you here to give it a try. It is even easier in a practical way and can convert your ugly old cabinets into a totally new look that will be eye-catching and any guest that enters will definitely praise your effort. All of this can be done in just a few minutes.