Sanding Wooden Worktops: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide
If you are purchasing ‘DIY’ worktops from us (those that have not been subject to additional works via our bespoke cutting service), you may think that a great deal of work is required prior to installation – but we’re pleased to say that it isn’t! Our kitchen worktops are supplied sanded to a 150 grit finish as standard, which is a pleasing smoothness (the industry standard is just 120 grit); this means that the only additional action you need to take to ready the timber for installation is to apply several coats of Rustins Danish Oil. That said, we appreciate that customers may wish to sand the worktops further prior to or after installation; or, alternatively, you may wish to sand your worktops again in future as part of your maintenance programme – so we thought it would be helpful to provide some additional advice on sanding wooden worktops to a beautiful finish. If intending to sand your worktop prior to installation, we recommend allowing your worktop to sit in the room of installation for 48 hours; this is so that the worktop can adjust to its new climate (it will experience a range of conditions during transit). You can either sand your real wood worksurfaces by hand, or using an orbital sander, but we do not recommend belt sanders as it is very difficult to get an even finish on the worktop. If using an orbital sander, this should only be as a precursor to additional sanding by hand. Oiling Worktops Nutshell Guide.
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This information guide was updated on 17.08.2017 to improve readability.