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  • Norton - Gold 290 Discs - Hook and Loop - 5 Inch x 8 Hole

    Norton - Gold 290 Discs - Hook and Loop - 5 Inch x 8 Hole

    Norton Adalox 5in x 8 Hole Dustless Sanding discs have a hook and loop backing for the tool,...

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    Price: $24.97 to $28.99
  • 3M Stikit Gold Longboard Rolls 2-3/4 inches wide

    3M Stikit Gold Longboard Rolls 2-3/4 inches wide

    3M 216U Gold Stikit sandpaper rolls work great with long boards for sanding varnish, sealers and...

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    Price: $67.84 to $79.25
  • 3M Scotch-Brite Pads

    3M Scotch-Brite Pads

    3M Scotch-Brite hand pads for cleaning, sanding, scuffing, scrubbing etc. Gray Ultrafine, White...

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    Price: $18.97 to $30.88
  • Festool StickFix Granat 6 Inch Discs for RO 150 and ETS 150 Sanders

    Festool StickFix Granat 6 Inch Discs for RO 150 and ETS 150 Sanders

    Festool StickFix Granat Discs for RO 150 and ETS 150 Sanders are best for sanding and finishing...

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    Price: $44.00 to $68.00
  • Festool StickFix Granat 5 Inch Sanding Discs for RO 125 and ETS 125 Sanders

    Festool StickFix Granat 5 Inch Sanding Discs for RO 125 and ETS 125 Sanders

    Festool StickFix Granat 5 Inch Discs are ideal have hardened aluminum oxide and ceramic grits for...

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    Price: $40.00 to $63.00
  • 3M Stikit Blue Abrasive Longboard Rolls 2-3/4 Inches Wide

    3M Stikit Blue Abrasive Longboard Rolls 2-3/4 Inches Wide

    3M Blue Abrasive Longboard Rolls use an advanced aluminum oxide mineral blend that cuts faster,...

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    Price: $31.85 to $57.16
  • Norton - Gold 290 Discs - Hook and Loop - 5 inch x 5 Holes

    Norton - Gold 290 Discs - Hook and Loop - 5 inch x 5 Holes

    Norton Adalox has aluminum oxide abrasive with a heavy backing, on a 5x5 sanding disc for dust-free ...

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    Price: $23.32 to $27.95
  • Norton Gold 290 Hook & Loop Discs 6 Inch

    Norton Gold 290 Hook & Loop Discs 6 Inch

    Norton A290 Dustless sanding discs with Adalox Aluminum Oxide abrasive material. Heavy duty...

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    Price: $34.65 to $36.44
  • Festool StickFix Saphir 6 Inch Discs for RO 150 and ETS 150 Sanders

    Festool StickFix Saphir 6 Inch Discs for RO 150 and ETS 150 Sanders

    Festool StickFix Saphir six inch discs for use with Festool RO 150 and ETS 150 sanders. StickFix is...

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    Price: $40.00
  • Norton Champagne Magnum 9x11 Sandpaper Sheets

    Norton Champagne Magnum 9x11 Sandpaper Sheets

    Norton Champagne Magnum sandpaper in 9x11 sheets is the choice of many professionals for their...

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    Price: $50.00 to $87.30
  • 3M Hookit Blue 6 Inch Sanding Discs

    3M Hookit Blue 6 Inch Sanding Discs

    3M Hookit Blue 6 inch sanding discs are ideal for repairs and surface prep prior to painting. Their...

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    Price: $51.22 to $112.11
  • Fein MultiMaster Sanding Sheets Hook and Loop

    Fein MultiMaster Sanding Sheets Hook and Loop

    Standard triangular sheets and sanding pads for the Fein Multimaster, with hook and loop...

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    Price: $7.68 to $27.96
  • 3M Green Corps Hookit Regalite Longboard Sheets 4-1/2 inches wide x 30 inches long

    3M Green Corps Hookit Regalite Longboard Sheets 4-1/2 inches wide x 30 inches long

    3M 750U Green Corps Fairing Board Sandpaper Sheets with Hookit velcro attachment are premium paper!...

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    Price: $9.87 to $99.64
  • Hutchins Dustfree Flexible Longboard 2-3/4 inches wide x 16 inches long

    Hutchins Dustfree Flexible Longboard 2-3/4 inches wide x 16 inches long

    The flexible speed file sanding longboard is made of a nearly indestructible plastic, which...

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    Price: $18.89 to $79.69
  • Festool StickFix Rubin-2 6 Inch Discs for RO 150 and ETS 150 Sanders

    Festool StickFix Rubin-2 6 Inch Discs for RO 150 and ETS 150 Sanders

    Festool Rubin 2 Abrasives are intended for sanding wood surfaces Stickfix (Hook & Loop)...

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    Price: $14.75 to $38.00
  • 3M Cubitron II Clean Sanding Sheets and Rolls

    3M Cubitron II Clean Sanding Sheets and Rolls

    Cubitron II Purple Clean Sanding Sheet rolls and shorter strips are 3M's fastest cutting, longest...

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Abrasives

Believe it or not, choosing the right sandpaper can become confusing. In fact, it has gotten so confusing that "Sandpaper" is now referred to as "Abrasive Technology." It can be confusing because there are so many different offerings. Some of the differences include the backings, adhesives, and minerals used in layout of the paper. Another difference is the anti-loading features: open vs. closed coated and even super size coat.

The most important thing to do before choosing an abrasive to use is to properly diagnose the job requirements and understand which paper will do the job correctly. The construction of your abrasive (disc, belt, sheet or whatever) is pretty simple.

  • Backing: A flexible or semi-rigid backing (paper, cloth, film) to which the minerals are attached with adhesive. There is a designation for flexibility and durability ranging from A-weight (most flexible) to F-weight (least flexible).
  • Adhesive: Abrasives usually have two adhesive layers.
    a. Make Coat--Initial layer of adhesive to anchor the mineral to the backing.
    b. Size Coat--Secondary layer of adhesive to lock the mineral in place.
  • Abrasive Minerals: There are five basic types of minerals:
    a. Aluminum Oxide--brown or blue. Is the industry standard for metal, wood, composites, and plastics.
    b. Silicon Carbide--black. Is used for sanding primers, sealers and paints, non-ferrous metals, and final finishing.
    c. Ceramic Aluminum Oxide--A synthetic mineral that is very durable with extremely uniform crystalline structure.
    d. Alumina Zirconia--Primarily for heavy stock removal of metal and wood.

    Diagnosing Sandpaper Problems
    The biggest complaint about sandpaper is that its wearing out too quickly. But, this could mean a number of things and its important to diagnose what is really wearing out. Often times (as funny as it sounds) it helps to pull your sandpaper out of the trash and really take a hard look at it.
    1. Is the abrasive mineral dulling too quickly? You need a more aggressive mineral.
    2. Is the backing falling apart? You need a more durable backing.
    3. Are the minerals falling off of the backing? Your adhesive is failing.
    4. Is the abrasive so clogged with junk that it no longer cuts? You need to look for an Open Coat paper or maybe even one with an anti-loading agent (3M Fre-Cut).

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