Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Boncarbo, Colorado
exactly what you want to do. Wet it, raise the grain and let it dry. Hit it with 220grit and take down the whiskers. Wet sanding while its wet also easily removed scratches.
You don't just wet it down and then stain/finish it. The wet sanding it mainly to get fine scratches out.
Shouldn't use anything finer than 220 grit sand paper. The real fine sand paper like 600 to 200 grit can actually close off the pours and not allow the stain to soak in.
What you do is don't sand with the grain, but lightly against the grain. This is called Whiskering it. It leaves a much smoother finish at the end and doesnt heat up the wood - seal it off like 600+ grit paper does. The smooth plastic feeling may feel good but its doing more harm than good, especially when it comes to the finish soaking in.