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What grit sandpaper best to use for deck sanding

By: Daniel Smith

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Sandpaper is needed when you want to refinish your deck. You should know which sandpaper to use for what type of wood because different types of wood require different grades of sandpaper.

Wooden decks are often built with pressure-treated lumber, which can be sanded with a medium grade of sandpaper. Wood that is stained or painted will need a fine grade because the grain will show through the paint if it is not removed properly.

Different Types of Sandpaper Grades for Your Deck

Paint can be removed from decks in a number of ways. One of the ways to do it is by sanding. There are many types of sandpaper that can be used, and knowing the difference between them can help you pick which one is the best for your needs.

How to Use the Different Deck Sandpaper Effectively

The different types of sandpaper are abrasive, resin-coated paper, and non-abrasive. The resin-coated paper doesn’t easily clog but it will wear down more quickly than other types. Abrasive sandpaper is made to use an abrasive agent like aluminum oxide or silicon carbide to remove paint while non-abrasive sandpaper will not remove paint due to its use of a less abrasive agent such as titanium dioxide or zirconium dioxide.

Video: How to sand between deck boards

The Author
Daniel Smith
My passion for power tools and work clothing started when I was a kid. My father and I used to build tree houses together, he taught me all the tricks of the trade! Meanwhile, I'm a 28-year-old with more than 7 years of experience on various job sites.
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