Sanding between varnish coats?


I've heard that sanding between varnish coats is critical, so that the next coat can properly stick to the previous one, is it that crucial?

What about the force you apply while sanding, how to know the sanding is effective, not too rough nor too gentle?

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mikeasaurus21 days ago

The idea behind sanding between coats is to ensure a smooth surface and give a great finish. Assuming you've sanded the base to a nice surface (around 800 grit, as a rough baseline), apply a coat of finish and let dry. Lightly sand again with 800 grit or higher to remove any debris that might have stuck to the finish while drying, then apply a second coat. Repeat as required.