A Guide to Sanding Durham’s® Water Putty.

Durham’s Water Putty has been a trusted choice for DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike, known for its versatility in wood repairs, filling holes, and more. But to truly get the best out of this product, mastering the art of sanding wood putty is key. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to achieve a perfectly smooth finish with Durham’s Rock Hard® Water Putty.

Preparing for Sanding

Before reaching for your sandpaper, ensure that your surface is well-prepped. Smoothing the area with a putty knife before the putty dries can save you time and effort during sanding. Apply Durham’s Water Putty evenly, pressing it firmly into cracks or holes, and smooth it out as much as possible.

Knowing When to Sand

Patience is crucial when working with Durham’s. Let the putty dry completely before sanding for best results. A simple test can help you determine if it’s ready: gently rub a piece of sandpaper over the putty. If the putty sticks to the sandpaper, it’s not dry enough. If it turns powdery, then it’s dry and ready for sanding.

Choosing the Right Tools

Both hand sanders and power sanders are suitable for sanding wood putty. Hand sanders give you more control and are ideal for small or delicate projects. Power sanders, on the other hand, are great for larger surfaces and can save time. Whichever you choose, ensure it’s compatible with the project’s size and complexity.

Sanding Techniques

Start with lower grit sandpaper to remove excess putty and shape the repair. Gradually move to higher grits for a smooth finish. Sand in a circular motion and apply even pressure to avoid creating grooves or uneven surfaces.

Finishing Touches

After sanding, run your hand over the surface to check for any rough spots. If the area feels smooth and even, your sanding job is complete. If you plan to seal or paint the surface, ensure that all dust and debris are removed for the best results.

Sanding Durham’s Water Putty might seem like a simple task, but following these steps can make a significant difference in your project’s final look. Experiment with these techniques, and don’t forget to share your success stories and tips with us!