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Old 08-22-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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Speed up sanding for window and door trim


We are doing all the trim around the doors and windows in the house. We have been using LePage Plastic Wood for the nail holes and seams in the pieces, but this ends up being a real job to sand smooth by hand.

I would like to bring some power tool to this effort to help speed things along, it is taking me hours to finish one window.

What would be a good suggestion for a power sander to use in this case?
A triangular finishing sander? a random orbital sander? I am new at this and appreciate some advice.


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Old 08-22-2009, 04:03 PM   #2
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I wouldn't recommend using a power sander on trim. Apply the filler with your finger and rub off the excess while it's still moist. If it sinks in a little repeat the process. Sometimes the best way is not the easiest way. Every now and then something requires a little good old fashioned elbow grease.


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Old 08-22-2009, 04:45 PM   #3
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A Multimaster with the sanding attachment will make quick work of this. A little pricey though I oown the Fein, haven't used any of the copies.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:01 AM   #4
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I'd sand by hand. It'll honestly be the best way to do it, sanding with the grain. It sucks but it works.

As for putty, you might consider the minwax blend-fil pencils instead. After your trim is stained and finished they work great to fill nail holes and joints...Nearly invisible. No shrinkage, no sanding. They're a glorified colored wax crayon that you rub on the hole and then a few wipes with a rag finishes it. I love these things.
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