Product Guide

Tools, Products, and Materials You Will Need to Get Started

In this Free Guide, you will find out exactly what type of tools you will need, including sanders, hand tools,and other power tools in order to get the job done the right way and in the most efficient way, all at reasonbale prices. 

We will show you exactly what types of paints and stains to use in order to get the best finish and durability. We will show you what types of polyurethane and/or lacquer protective coats you should be using.

There are also various other materials and products that are used in the process that are critical, such as paint thinner, stripper, rags, brushes, plastics, tape, etc. that we will show you.

We will also split this into a beginner and advanced training guide. For those just starting out, we will list the bare necessities so that you can save money and just get started. For those who have been doing this a while, we will show you tools, products, and materials that we are currently using in the shop and may help increase your productivity and efficiency, and hopefully increase your profits as a result! 

Starter Kit

Orbital Sander


If you want to maximize your time, you cannot spend your time hand sanding. DeWalt is the brand that I trust in the shop. 

60Pcs 5 Inch 8-hole Hook Loop Sanding Discs Sandpaper 60/80/120/180/240/320 Grit


All you need in one purchase!

First you need to sand the surface that is being stained with 60 grit. Then you need to use 80, 120, 180, 240, and 320. You could get away with going from 60 to 120, and 240. This will get you what you want, however you can use all of these on different projects. 

Gator Finishing Sanding Disc - 40 Grit


I use 40-grit sand paper to grit through paint paint or varnish. CAUTION! Do not use this on a veneer top!

Gator Finishing Sanding Disc - 80 Grit


I use this grit sand paper after using the 40 grit to smooth out the scars. 

Gator Finishing Sanding Disc - 220 Grit


This is the third sand paper I use after the 80 grit. I have found that these are the most critical grits to use. 

Gator Finishing Sanding Sheet


Once you have stained and applied your first coat of polyurethane over the stain and it has dried, then I cut this sheet into four squares. I use these small squares to sand down each coat of poly after it has dried. 

Purdy XL Series Glide Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2-1/2 inch


For a smooth finish and a brush that is going to last through multiple projects, this is the only brush that you need.

Purdy Pro-Extra Sprig Flat Trim Paint Brush, 3 inch


This is the only brush that you need to apply polyurethane.

Nitrile Disposable Gloves


You need these gloves when uses stain and poly because it is so hard to clean off. Be sure that you select your size (S-XL)

Shop Rags


These rags are a must for me to have around in the shop. Paint and stain gets messy, so you need something that is 100% cotton to help clean up with. 

Clean Strip Paint Thinner


This is what I use to soak my rag with to remove to dusty before staining. 

Minwax Polycrylic Water-Based Protective Clear Finish


This Minwax water-based protective clear coat is the only product I trust to apply over my stains. It's super easy to clean up and dries very quickly as well.