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The other day I watched an old episode of "The Woodsmith Shop" that was all about finishing and they said something that surprised/interested me. They were discussing removing the fine dust from your final sanding prior to finishing, and they recommended using mineral spirits to wipe the piece down before beginning to do any finish treatments like stain, oil etc. The logic was that mineral spirits do not cause the grain to raise like water does. It seemed odd to me because in my limited experience and voracious reading I've always gathered that anytime the wood gets wet the grain will raise, so it seems counterintiuitive to me that you would intentionally take something wet like mineral spirits to your piece after final sanding. Anyone have any experience with this or any advice on it it?