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03-25-2014 02:13 PM

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Hey everyone,

So I have kind of come to the point in my woodworking where I feel like it might be worth it to start investing in some higher quality sandpaper bought in bulk instead of just buying it off the rack at home depot. Looking at prices, it seems that there is a BIG advantage to buying in bulk. I don’t really expect hugely different surface results, but I am looking for longer-lasting cutting power and less clogging. I have heard about a few different brands and their papers and was wondering if you guys had worked with these at all or if you had any tips on buying high quality abrasives. The ones I have heard of are:

1. VSM Vitex
2. Mirka (Basecut, Gold, and Carat)

I’d love some insight here.

Thanks guys

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 02:24 PM

My preferences are Norton 3X and Mirka abranet

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 05:28 PM

By the way, this is for use by hand and on a half-sheet sander with dust extraction.

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 05:28 PM

There are too many options for sand paper to begin to list. I would look for something that is available locally or through a supplier you have an established relationship with. That being said I personally use a few different papers but I always use Mirka Abralon when it is time to start finishing, 360 before first coat of finish, 500 after first coat of finish and 1000 before final coat of finish

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 06:07 PM

I have really good luck with Klingspor abrasives, however I have moved to the Shopsmith G2 premium abrasives for my Bosch OS50VC half sheet sander. By far the best sheets I have used. Latex backing, sterated, the grit last for ever and you can even clean off the 80’s and 120’s with a rubber stick.

The Shopsmith G2 ROS paper is also amazing.


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#5 posted 03-25-2014 06:37 PM

Another vote for the Norton 3X, for hand sanding at least.
They’ve changed it over the years and I think it’s become
a very well-made product that lasts a long time. It is
stearated, which I like. It comes with a sort of waxy
backing paper now… dunno what’s up with that but
it seems tough and flexible.

I use it because I can pick it up at the Home Depot. I don’t
see much upside to mail ordering standard sandpaper.

I’ve bought rolls from Woodworkers Supply. It’s standard
industry stuff. It lasts ok… it can be washed in soap
and water to lengthen its life and remove glazing but
best practice is to not let it get glazed in the first place.

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#6 posted 03-25-2014 07:05 PM

That waxy backing stuck itself to the soft pad on my 1/2 sheet sander and ruined it.


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#7 posted 03-25-2014 07:11 PM

Please excuse my ignorance and my hijacking this thread, but I have a question for Loren. How do you stop it from getting glazed? I just sand till it doesn’t sand anymore and then get a new piece.

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#8 posted 03-25-2014 08:53 PM

I love the Norton 3X paper. I use it both for hand sanding, on my qtr sheet sande4 and the hoop and loop random orbit sander.

I try to keep an eye on my supplies and if someone has this sandpaper on sale will buy some. It always seems that when you really need something it never is on sale.

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#9 posted 03-25-2014 08:58 PM

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#10 posted 03-25-2014 09:04 PM

I will second the Shopsmith paper, Nortons 3x, and I have liked the Diablo stuff @HD.

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#11 posted 03-25-2014 09:07 PM

Glazing happens with drum sanders, belt sanders and disk sanders.
The sandpaper can be de-glazed with a gum rubber bar but if
it gets too severe I wash and scrub the stuff. Pine is a big
offender, being loaded with pitch.

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#12 posted 03-25-2014 09:10 PM

I second, Industrial Abrasives. I love the PSA rolls for hand sanding w/ a cork block and the hook and loop discs.

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#13 posted 03-26-2014 12:59 AM

Another vote for Abranet or Norton3X. I won’t use anything else on my Pneumatic ROS.

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#14 posted 03-26-2014 01:02 AM

Diablo is terrible, doesnt last long at all.

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#15 posted 03-26-2014 01:05 AM

Abranet on a ROS is great.

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