How to Properly Blend Edges After Sanding?

Apr 22, 2024
How to Properly Blend Edges After Sanding?

Sanding is one of the best ways to reveal the untouched beauty of wood. Removing the imperfections and the worn-out layer from the surface, it helps breathe new life into your floors. However, getting that flawless and consistent look is not that easy, especially when it comes to edges and corners.

Unlike the rest of your floors, sanding and blending these tricky areas requires a bit of extra effort and attention. But with the proper techniques, you will be able to get the desired looks. Read on to learn how to blend the edges of your wood floors properly after sanding.

5 Steps To Smoothen And Blend Edges Of The Wood Floors

⇒ Clean The Area

As you begin to smoothen the edges of your wood floors, your first step is to clean the wood floors. Give the edgy areas a quick sweep or a vacuum to remove surface dirt and grit that could potentially interfere with blending. A clean surface can be smoothened in a better and easier manner.

⇒ Prepare The Tools

After you’ve cleared the area, you’ll need the right tools and materials to do the job. The drum sander you used to sand the main areas of your floors cannot work on the edges and corners. Using a floor edger is beneficial when sanding tricky spaces due to its compact size.

So, here are some basic tools you’ll need.

  • Different grit sandpapers (60, 100, 120)
  • Handheld floor edger i.e., edge sander (or a sanding block)
  • Safety gear (goggles, mask, gloves, and kneepads)

⇒ Sand With Coarse Grits

Before you begin sanding the edges, it’s crucial to understand that you need to follow the same grit sequence you used for the rest of your floor. This is the key to achieving a consistent look.

So, begin by attaching the coarse grit to the edge sander and start sanding across the edges. Ensure a steady pace and be careful not to apply too much pressure. If you do not have a sander, you can, instead, use a sanding block to blend the edges. And for the tight spaces where the block or the sander cannot reach, you can do the job by sanding it manually with sandpaper.

⇒ Move On To Finer Grits

Once you have sanded the area of your corners and edges with a coarse grit, move on to finer grits and repeat the same process.

Remember to clean the sawdust every time after you change the grit level. Move the sander in steady, back-and-forth motions, moving it with the direction of the wood grain. For a smoother look & transition, you can also use a circular motion to blend the edges well.

As you sand the area with these fine grits, you will notice the edges getting smooth, and that’s where you need to stop.

⇒ Finish With Feather Sanding

This is the final step after you’ve sanded the edges well. Use the finest grit you used for the rest of your floors and attach it to your handheld sander. Now, with this grit, you don’t have to sand it anymore, you’ve to just buff the edges.

Go over the edges and corners with the sander by making a very slight contact with the surface, as though buffing it. Swipe it from the edges to the centre to blend the edges and smoothen the transition.

This light sanding is called feather sanding, which is the final finishing and detailing that’s needed to achieve a consistent & blended look around the edges of your floors.

Wrapping Up

Tackling tricky spaces like edges and corners after sanding can be daunting. However, if you work carefully with the right technique and tools, you will be able to blend them well with the rest of your floors. Make sure to use the right grits and do not over-sand. A steady pace, a bit of extra work, and the last feather sanding step will get you the consistent look you want at the edges.

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