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Forum topic by Kazooman posted 12-09-2015 10:30 PM 1571 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2015 10:30 PM

I just realized my stash of sandpaper is very low on the grits I commonly use, and I don’t want to just make a run to the big box store for five packs. In searching online I found the huge variety I anticipated. Different abrasives, backing materials, weights of the backing materials, stearated, etc. I have bought from Klingspor in the past, but they have a wide variety available and I do not want to make an expensive mistake. I will probably be looking to order about 100 sheets each of perhaps five grits. Looking for the standard 9 X11” sheets.

So, here I am, hat in hand, looking for suggestions. Please chime in with your favorite source for sandpaper, and please include your favorite abrasive, backing material, etc.. Any comments on issues such as the weight of the backing material, stearated abrasive, etc. would be great!

Sorry if this has been discussed at length in the past, some forum searching failed to answer my questions. Links to prior threads would be appreciated as well.

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#1 posted 12-10-2015 02:05 AM

I’ve got 2 cents to throw in. 3M’s “sandblaster” brand of paper claims to last 7X as long as regular paper and I assumed that was just marketing, but I’ll be damned if it didn’t keep cutting long after I would have changed out other paper. Full disclosure, I work for 3M, but not in the abrasives side of the business. I’m cheap, and I would be the last person to pay extra for something because of the brand, but I have to admit, that stuff is good. Try it once.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#2 posted 12-10-2015 02:12 AM

I also use the 3m, sandblaster, paper. Good stuff. I try to buy it in bigger packs, it is much cheaper than the hardware store 5 pks.

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#3 posted 12-10-2015 05:31 AM

love Nortons 3X, if 3m has a nnewer product out I have not tried it

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#4 posted 12-10-2015 01:16 PM

I have used the Sandblaster paper. Got it at Lowes if I remember correctly. I’ll have to look for a source of larger quantities on the Internet. Thanks for the advice.

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#5 posted 12-10-2015 01:53 PM

I like to buy my paper from No affiliation, but made in the USA paper is 35-50% the cost of Norton 3X. I really like 3X, but it is pricey. My all time favorite, though, is from Mirka. The Mirka Carat and Mirka Gold are probably the best papers I have ever used. They are a joy to use compared to anything I have purchased from the BORG over the last few years. I do not like the stuff with the mildly tacky back, but I do like the latex impregnated backing. It holds up very well. So my recommendation would be:

- Stearated aluminum oxide (unless you will do lots of metal sanding)
- Latex impregnated backing
- No sticky or tacky back

Best of luck!

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#6 posted 12-10-2015 02:06 PM

I’m a retired 3Mer so I get my sandpaper cheap but even at full retail Sandblaster paper is the way to go. It just outlasts anything else I’ve tried.

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#7 posted 12-10-2015 02:14 PM

I’m going to be trying some Mirka Abranet mesh.have read some good things about it. Seems to have a much longer useful life and works well for dust extraction.

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#8 posted 12-10-2015 02:21 PM

I like the Norton 3x paper and like the first smooth surface I get with it. I use it for all my hand sanding.

For my Sanders, I use the Klingspor gold and also use the cloth backed rolls of it for sanding odd shaped things.

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#9 posted 12-10-2015 03:04 PM

I’ve always used Klingspor for everything: sheets, discs, and belts. But I had come across a thread somewhere and Online Industrial Supply was getting a lot of good mention, both for excellent pricing and a high quality product. I bought some from them and it filled all the praise I had read. At least give them a look you spring.

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#10 posted 12-10-2015 03:25 PM

I have used the Mirka Abranet mesh on my random orbital sander and it performs better than any other disk that I have tried.

If they make Abranet mesh in sheets (I think they do) I would suggest you try it.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#11 posted 12-10-2015 10:16 PM

I can second the Norton brands. I also use Mirka in adhesive backed. The rolls are expensive but seems to make me longer than I’d expect.

As far as different types of sand paper maybe some googling. I took some finishing classes years ago and seem to forgotten every thing. All I seem to remember is that The wet-dry kind handles loading a little better.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 12-15-2015 05:58 AM

-- Working smarter with less tools is a true crafts person...

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#13 posted 12-15-2015 06:09 AM

Boy, that is a rough question!
I use a lot of the 3M Sandblaster paper and like the way it rarely “loads up” like others I have used.

The Norton brand is more readily available at the big box store and it is my second choice. The Mirka paper is just too expensive.

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#14 posted 12-15-2015 06:26 AM

I like theVD Klingspor VD900 series (VD9xx) for random orbit discs. I’m sure they have the same stuff in standard sheets. The performance / cost equation seems better than any other brand I have tried. 120 and 150 grit is all I ever need.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#15 posted 12-15-2015 07:53 AM

For me the sandpapers made by 3M are good. I have used them for my works and they did a pretty good job. I have used the 9 by 11 Aluminum Oxide one. I will leave you with a link to the product in amazon.

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