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How to Sand Large Surfaces

DIY experts demonstrate the most accurate way to sand larger surfaces.

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  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Draw Lines

Use a pencil to draw several lines diagonally across the surface that will be sanded. Next, draw a second set of lines that intersect the first set and create a crisscross pattern on the surface.

create crisscross pattern on surface

Step 2: Sand Diagonally

Use a wide belt sander to sand the surface diagonally, following the first set of lines (Image 1). Start with an 80-grit belt.

Sand in the opposite direction, following the second set of pencil marks (Image 2).

Step 3: Follow the Grain

Sand the surface with the grain, then change to a fine-grit belt and sand the surface once more, going with the grain.

sand surface with the grain

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