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Usually a scotch brite green pad. There are other grits (pad colors) available, but green is easy to find.
Thank you. I have used steelwool before, but I didn't like the way it turns the paint to gray. I always worried it would be hard to cover. I stoped using it for that reason. That was a long time ago. I just wondered if that was truly the case or if I worried to much. I usally use a 3m (thin) sanding sponge. sometimes I get a bit carried away tho and sand to much. There's just something about me and sandpaper. :whistling
 

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We cut up a maroon buffer pad into squares. More aggressive than the green scotch brite.
I'm not really sanding between coats to smooth it, just scuffing it for adhesion. Satin probably doesn't need it for adhesion.

Good idea about cutting up the buffer pads. I can get any color buffing pad, but trying to find the maroon Scotch Brite pads isn't easy around here. There's always the internet...
 

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I use the thin 3M pads too. Only sand it if it needs it, usually the primer coat needs sanded and maybe the first coat. If the grain isn't raised and it is smooth then no need to sand it.
Not to be confused with sanding old oil paint for adhesion.
 

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I'm not really sanding between coats to smooth it, just scuffing it for adhesion. Satin probably doesn't need it for adhesion.

Good idea about cutting up the buffer pads. I can get any color buffing pad, but trying to find the maroon Scotch Brite pads isn't easy around here. There's always the internet...

I misread the original question & was thinking sanding primer before first coat. My bad.
 
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