How do I get the sanding scratches out of acacia wood countertops?
We have acacia wood countertops and I did a dumb thing I stained them and left the stain on them without wiping it off and so I had to sand off all the stain I left on them. I then restained them with three coats of hardwax oil and I can see a ton of tiny wispy scratches almost all over the counter! I am not sure how to get rid of the scratches...Can anyone help me??
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If the scratches are not the wood itself crazing from deterioration, you would need to sand it down using sandpapers starting with a lower grit (80 - 380) to a higher grit (600-1500) to get it smooth.
Take a good photo to the paint dept. of your home improvement store and ask their sales pros for advice. They have products/methods you may not have thought of.
You should have sanded with progressively coarse to fine sandpaper. I usually start with 80 grit, 100 grit, 150 grit, 220 grit, then use a maroon (purple) sanding pad. At this point what you can try in a small area first is use a purple sanding pad going with the grain. Wipe off the the sanding dust and use a damp cloth over the area to mimic a finish coat and see if the scratches are gone. If they are then proceed to sand the whole countertop. Then put down a coat of the hardwax oil.
I doubt a clear coat of oil would fix it. You can try in a small area. If the scratches are very fine they may get filled in.
That is what I was afraid of! thanks for your help William!
OK so I'm new here too, Ivw just bought a second hand TV unit but has some scratches my plan was sand it all, then vanish it with new paint and wax it after. Please advise what to do as I don't want to ruin it thank you