Ways to minimize dust when sanding

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BashDash
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Ways to minimize dust when sanding

Post by BashDash » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:38 am

Hi all,
Very novice DIY here. Had some recessed ( spelling) lighting put in kitchen by a professional. I filled old light holes and speckled them. I am at stage where I have smoothed rough spots with sponge and need to sand then paint. I don't want a huge mess on hand in the kitchen with the dust plus we have two small children. Any suggestions or do I just have to deal with it and cover things as best as possible before sanding. Luckily only two spots need to be sanded.

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Re: Ways to minimize dust when sanding

Post by squirm » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:02 am

just wetsand with a drywall sponge.

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Re: Ways to minimize dust when sanding

Post by five2one » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:06 am

You can erect plastic barrier wall to isolate the room or get tools with attachments for vacuums.

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Re: Ways to minimize dust when sanding

Post by mouses » Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:55 pm

Is the sanding necessary? Can't you get a smooth surface with a putty knife?

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Re: Ways to minimize dust when sanding

Post by cheese_breath » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:11 pm

mouses wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:55 pm
Is the sanding necessary? Can't you get a smooth surface with a putty knife?
I think he'd be the first person to get it so smooth you wouldn't notice it when painted.
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Re: Ways to minimize dust when sanding

Post by arcticpineapplecorp. » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:15 pm

I hold a dustpan right against the wall but underneath the area I'm sanding. That usually catches most (but not all) of the dust.
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Re: Ways to minimize dust when sanding

Post by whomever » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:58 pm

For a small job, if you have an assistant have them hold s shopvac hose near where you're sanding.

You can get power drywall sanders w/ dust collection, but that's a lot of $$ fro a small job.

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Re: Ways to minimize dust when sanding

Post by adamthesmythe » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:53 pm

mouses wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:55 pm
Is the sanding necessary? Can't you get a smooth surface with a putty knife?
In my experience, no.

I find that on a wall almost all the dust falls straight down. I just sand gently, brush down the sanded area with a paint brush, and clean up with a vacuum.

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Re: Ways to minimize dust when sanding

Post by BashDash » Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:56 pm

Op here thanks for all the replies!

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Re: Ways to minimize dust when sanding

Post by GrowthSeeker » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:01 pm

All of the above.
Plus you can get a paper bag and some tape that won't tear off the paint, like that blue painters tape (there are different stickinesses of those kinds of tape, by the way).
Anyway, you can put the paper bag on the wall a little below where you're working, use the not-very-sticky tape to hold it there, and the bag will catch a lot of the dust.
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