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FEATURE SANDING TYPES OF ABRASIVES • Abrasives come in all shapes and sizes, including sheets, belts, rolls and discs • Sheets are sold individually or as part of a pack. They resemble A4 printer paper and can be used to sand by hand or can be cut to size to fit onto sanders or sanding blocks • Belts go with belt sanders and, depending on its size, there will be an abrasive belt which will fit perfectly onto your power tool • Rolls of sandpaper are used with handheld tools, such as sanders or sanding blocks, mainly because they are already the correct size. All you need to do is cut the right length and place it in the sander or sanding block • There are a variety of discs available for sanding. Mop sanding discs are fitted to angle grinders and have a fan-shaped radial arrangement of grinding flaps, while

SANDPAPER GRADES AND USES

self-fastening discs stick onto orbital sanders. Both are good for heavy stock removal and will last very long.

// WHEN SELLING ANY SANDING PRODUCTS IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT SAFETY GOES HAND IN HAND. THIS IS ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE THE BASKET SIZE //

GRIT

TYPE

USES

40-60

Coarse

Heavy sanding and stripping, roughing up the surface.

80-120

Medium

Smoothing of the surface, removing smaller imperfections and marks.

150-180

Fine

Final sanding pass before finishing the wood.

220-240

Very fine

Sanding between coats of stain or sealer.

280-320

Extra fine

Removing dust spots or marks between finishing coats.

360-600

Super fine

Final sanding to remove surface blemishes and scratches.

When selling any sanding products it is important to note that safety goes hand in hand. This is also an opportunity to increase the basket size by suggesting the safety options to consumers.

SUPER

ALKALINE

• Wear safety glasses

• Wear safety gloves

• Use ear muffs

• Wear a dusk mask

BATTERIES From

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Another way to increase a consumer’s basket size is to suggest cleaning, applicators and finishing products. In most instances a project will need a protective coating after it has been sanded to the desired level. Protective coatings all needs to be applied by brush, cloth or spray gun. Stock these products close to the abrasive products and make sure floor sales people are aware of the cross selling opportunities in this category.

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