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Sanding is a critical step in any millwork job. Sanding removes the surface glaze created by the heat from the planer blades as they come in contact with the natural resins in the wood. Left unsanded, this glaze can prevent stain or finish from performing. Sanding also removes minor nicks and scratches and opens the poresof the wood to accept more stain and finish. Note that move toward water based finishes has a dramatic effect on wood (fiber). Wood fiber absorbs water then expands; causing the grain to rise and fur up. B&B cannot be held responsible for the surface conditions when water-based primers, stains or top coats are applied without proper preparation which requires sanding. 

The industry's leading finish product brands agree that sanding is the key to a quality finish.

From the Minwax website:

DON'T SKIP THE SANDING! Sanding is a critical step in the wood preparation process for several reasons…. Sanding also removes the surface glaze created by the heat from the factory's planer blades as they come in contact with the natural resins in the wood. Left unsanded, this glaze can prevent stain or finish from entering the pores…. When working with water-based finishes… Dampen the wood first. Wipe the wood with a damp cloth to raise the fibers; after the surface dries, knock them back with 220-grit sandpaper…. Apply and move on.

From the Sherwin-Williams website:

Wood – Interior: All finishing lumber and flooring must be stored in dry, warm rooms to prevent absorption of moisture, shrinkage, and roughening of the wood. All surfaces must be sanded smooth, with the grain, never across it.

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