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Sanding is a crucial step in the hardwood floor installation or refinishing process, as it creates an even surface free of dents and bumps that professionals can work with easily. Whether you’re installing new hardwood floors in a home, or restoring old hardwood floors in a commercial building, you’ll need to use either sanding discs, sanding screens, sanding papers, or sanding drums, to even out the surface.
How to use sanding screens to achieve a smooth surface
Sanding screens are an important step in the floor sanding process. Usually, for newly installed floors, you go in with a 36-grit drum sander, and gradually follow up with 60-grit and 80-grit to achieve a level surface. Then you move on to using buffers or sanding screens of 180- and 220-grit to smooth out imperfections, before moving ahead to applying a coat of sealer. After sealing the surface of the hardwood floors, you can go back in with a 220-grit sanding screen to even everything out. The last step is applying a coat of poly and again buffing any imperfections using the 220-grit sanding screen, before applying a second coat of poly to seal it all in.
Sanding screens are easy to work with, as they are double-sided and easy to attach to a sander handle. Sanding screens are also made of highly durable materials that don’t run the risk of tearing or ripping, especially with rough work. The screen portion of the sanding screens also allow dust or debris to pass right through, which eliminates the possibility of dust accumulating on the screen itself and causing damage to the floor. To clean out the dust, you simply give them a tap, turn them on the other side, and continue the sanding process.
Our shop carries a large variety of sanding screens that are suitable for different types of projects. We carry sanding screens from reputable brands like Norton, Bona, and 3M, in a variety of grit levels, from 60 to 220. Whether you’re looking to purchase Durite or Red Heat sanding discs, you’ll find various high-quality options to choose from on the First Atlanta Flooring website.
What are sanding screens?
A sanding screen is a type of fabric used to smooth the rough surface of hardwood floors, creating an even surface free of bumps, dents, rust, old paint, or debris. It’s made of silicone and resin and is double-sided, unlike sandpaper, which is one-sided. A sanding screen also allows dust and debris to pass through, and is durable, unlikely to tear or rip apart with rough use.