Just remember- those pads

Posted by Charlie Jones on May 23, 2004

won't flatten anything. If there are small bumps or nibs before you use them you'll just have smoother bumps afterwards.

The only way to really flatten the surface is with paper and a block. I use the pads also, both on boats and on furniture that I refinish (that's part of my job) but I usually sand with something like 220 or 320 and a block before I rub with the 3M pads or steel wool when I use that. The block sanding is what removes the nibs, etc.

I make sanding pads by gluing pieces of thin foam computer wrist pads to a wooden block sized to fit the paper and my hand.

In Response to: Re: WoodenBoat forum link by Steve Miller on May 23, 2004