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How to Sand Eggshell Paint

Updated February 21, 2017

Someone would want to sand eggshell paint generally for two reasons. The first has to do with enhancing the appearance of the paint by removing the tarnished, outer layer. The second usually comes in preparation for the application of a brand new coat of paint. If you need to sand eggshell paint, you need to know the proper materials to use and the appropriate technique in which to employ them, or you may accidentally damage the surface.

Clean any dirt or sticky areas from the surface using dish soap and a rag. Rinse the soap away with a damp rag.

Lightly sand the surface with pumice stone.

Wipe down the surface with a tack cloth.

Clean any dirt or sticky areas from the surface using dish soap and a coarse brush. Rinse the soap away with a damp rag.

Peel away any loose or peeling eggshell paint using your fingers.

Smooth any remaining loose or peeling eggshell paint by sanding it with 80 to 120 grit sandpaper.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Coarse brush
  • Rags
  • 80 to 120 grit sandpaper
  • Pumice stone
  • Tack cloth
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About the Author

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.