What's the best way to sand?

  • You can make regular sheets of sandpaper or emery paper last longer and work better by backing them with tape.
  • The tape gives each sandpaper sheet more body and helps to keep it from tearing or creasing while you are working. A few pieces of masking tape on the back of a regular sheet of sandpaper will increase the life of the paper two to three times.
  • Use regular sandpaper to smooth the sharp edges of cut glass, ceramic tile, porcelain, etc.
  • Wrap a piece of fine sandpaper around a scrap piece of wood. A short piece of 1x2 lumber makes an ideal block for sanding these types of cut materials.
  • Rub the sandpaper sheet along the edge of the glass evenly and smoothly.
  • As the cutting edge of the sandpaper is worn away, rotate the sheet of paper on the block to provide a new surface until the sheet is used up.
  • Sanding irregular and uneven surfaces can sometimes be a problem. Corners and grooves can be extremely difficult to reach with a flat piece of sandpaper.
  • For sanding irregular edges of table tops, chair legs, etc., use a deck of cards as the sanding block (see image).
  • The cards and sandpaper will adjust to the contour of the surface you are sanding. This makes a sanding block that is quite flexible, yet provides a firm base for holding the sandpaper against a curved surface.
  • Use old record covers to hold various grades of sandpaper (see image). They keep the sandpaper clean and orderly.
  • Old record covers also enable you to determine the grit of the paper quickly and easily, since the texture and grit show through the holes.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Information in this document has been furnished by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and associated contributors. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and safety. Neither NRHA, any contributor nor the retailer can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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