The days are long gone when one has to spend thousands getting the best look with their kitchen cabinets. While there’s no denying that spending a great deal of money will give you that look you’re wanting, but taking the DIY approach will not only save a few dollars, but can give you that same amazing look.
When looking at all the things you’ll need to do including resurfacing, staining, and adding the finishing touches, there is definitely one thing you’ll definitely want to consider. Determining the best sander for the job will not only make your job that much easier, but will give you that finishing touch you’re looking for.
When talking to all the professionals, there is only one type of sander they would recommend. A random orbital was the unanimous choice, and when considering what you get versus what you want it’s easy to see why. One of the biggest influences with their decision is the fact that it’s much faster, they’re easier to control, and they’re cheaper than most other power sanders.
Orbital finishing sanders can tackle any kitchen cabinet resurface, but there are notable differences when comparing it to the random orbit sander. The most notable are the swirl marks left by orbital finishing sanders which are not seen with the random variant due to the random sanding pattern.
Things to Consider When Using a Random Orbital Sander for Finishing Cabinets
The following are some simple tips to get the most out of your cabinet resurface when using a random orbital sander and most other types of power sanders.
- Safety first; be sure to done safety glasses, wear hearing protection, and wear a dust mask
- If painting or using a clear finish, consider going down to 100 or 120 grit paper to get the best finish
- Be careful not to be too aggressive using this type of sander. The Random orbital sander is known for boasting more speed and power than an orbital sander which can save time, but it can also damage wood surfaces if not careful. Use with a medium amount of pressure.
- If swirl marks noted, consider finishing with hand sanding with the grain of the wood, especially if intending on staining or applying a clear coat finish.