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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 03:08 AM Thread Starter
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what grit of sand paper to use?

looking for some advice on what grit of sand paper to use to prep my summit treestand for painting. thank you in advance for your help, shawn

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Re: what grit of sand paper to use?

If it's really rusted and rough, I'd use something course to start with (maybe 100) then work my way to the finer grit.
Perhaps a wire brush to begin with would also work.

All depends on the condition it's in; don't forget to clean well and use primer before painting.

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Re: what grit of sand paper to use?

If it's really rusted then throw it away. If you are just trying to get the paint off I would start with a finer grit and just keep going down until you find a course enough grit that starts taking paint off. I would also do all the sanding by hand. JMO
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 12:51 PM
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Re: what grit of sand paper to use?

Make sure the stand is structurally sound. If it is just rusting it can be restored. Be sure to check all the hardware, nut bolts, cables, welds etc. they are the items that can cause it to fail. I buy stainless steel parts and still replace them periodically. Use lock washers or plastic lock nuts.

I would replace all the hardware put the stand on a tree at ground level stand on it and check it for movement, sway, noise and to determine it is structurally sound. Then if so I would take the time to paint it.

If there is noise rubbing etc. I use rubber washers to dampen the sound.

Disassemble the stand so you can get to all the metal, use a wire brush and remove all the loose paint. apply a good primer and spray camo colors. Rustoleunm will do a good job.

I have several stands and I touch/repair them at the end of every season and then again about a mouth before the fall season.

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Re: what grit of sand paper to use?

i did mine when it was right out of the box i think..cant stand the color of stands..and 1 color just doesnt help matters..


no reason to sand it...but you might have rust issues if you have a steel one?


when you are done, get some sand paper tape and put it on the foot platform! that was probably the best idea ive ever had! no more squeaking boots or slipping..
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Re: what grit of sand paper to use?

I put the non skid tape on mime also. Good idea.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-20-2013, 12:14 AM
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Re: what grit of sand paper to use?

Forget the sandpaper--get one of the smaller circular wire brushes for a drill. Much faster and gives a good finish for painting.

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