I keep hearing about liquid sandpaper. What's the cost compared with buying sandpaper and using a sander? Our Santa Monica home's kitchen cabinets were originally painted with a glossy paint and look terrible. Are there any safety precautions you need to observe in using liquid sandpaper?
Luis E. ~ Santa Monica, California
Liquid sand paper, also known as deglosser, is more expensive than conventional gritty sandpaper. You can spend in the neighbor hood of $30 for 32oz of liquid sand paper; a single sheet of sand paper is going to sell for about $1. There are several safety issues to consider when using liquid sandpaper. First read the manufacturers directions for the safe handling of their product. Liquid sandpapers are loaded with toxic chemicals that you do not want to breath or let come in contact with your skin, again, follow the manufacturers directions. There are also dangers associated with conventional sanding, specifically if you have lead in the paint you are sanding. The dust generated by paint containing lead is very toxic and especially harmful to pregnant women and children. If you have concerns about lead paint in your home you can call a licensed contractor and they can do a lead test. It is a California state law that licensed contractors be lead certified by the EPA.