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  • 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 $58.51
  • 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: $68.21 to $83.18
  • 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
  • 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 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 $34.79
  • 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 - 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: $25.30 to $31.70
  • 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
  • 3M WetorDry Tri-M-ite Sandpaper Sheets 5PK

    3M WetorDry Tri-M-ite Sandpaper Sheets 5PK's

    3M WetorDry Tri-M-ite is good for sanding between varnish coats, paint, or other finishes. Wet sand...

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    Price: $5.79 to $6.31
  • Norton ProSand 9 in x 11 in Sanding Sheets

    Norton ProSand 9 in x 11 in Sanding Sheets

    Norton ProSand High Performance Sanding Sheets feature superior sanding performance for a premium...

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    Price: $44.10 to $86.52
  • 3M Green Corps Production Stikit Longboard Sheets 2-3/4 inches wide x 16-1/2 inches long

    3M Green Corps Production Stikit Longboard Sheets 2-3/4 inches wide x 16-1/2 inches long

    3M Green Corps Stikit production sandpaper sheets are great for sanding shaping plastics, scratch...

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    Price: $1.52 to $215.26
  • 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 $88.65
  • 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 Stikit Sanding Handblocks

    3M Stikit Sanding Handblocks

    3M Stikit Hand Blocks are sturdy durable high strength blocks are shaped to fit the hand...

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    Price: $25.88 to $38.08
  • Festool 6 inch StickFix Rotex 150 FEQ Sanding Pads

    Festool 6 inch StickFix Rotex 150 FEQ Sanding Pads

    These pads are available from Festool for the Brand New Rotex RO 150 FEQ Dual Mode Sander. They are...

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    Price: $49.00 to $50.00
  • Festool StickFix 6 Inch Sanding Pads for ETS 150 Sanders

    Festool StickFix 6 Inch Sanding Pads for ETS 150 Sanders

    StickFix sanding pads for 6in Festool Sanders. FES-202458 Soft, FES-202459 Super Soft, FES-202460 Ha...

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    Price: $46.00 to $49.00
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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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