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Achieving a Matte Finish

This is part two of a multi-part tip on achieving a matte finish.  Click here to go to part one.

Although simply sandblasting and then firing a piece can achieve a matte finish, there are several ways to improve the quality of the final finish.  One of these involves the use of manual sanding after sandblasting in order to smooth out uneven spots and achieve a better final finish.  Here are some tips on this approach:

1.   Try using a 400 mesh diamond hand pad.  It shouldn't be necessary to start out with a lower mesh (coarser) pad.

2.   If you don't have a diamond hand pad, you can also use wet/dry silicon carbide sandpaper.  A combination of 400 mesh paper, followed by 600 mesh paper will work well.

3.  If you're using sandpaper, place a sponge between the paper and your hand for improved comfort and the improve the evenness of the final finish.

4.  An alternative to hand sanding is to use a electric sander or grinder.

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Copyright 2006 Brad Walker.  All rights reserved.

Thanks to Steve Klein and others for suggestions on this topic.

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