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Old 09-25-2016, 01:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Hobby Lobby has a set with 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000, 12000. They are all shades of grey; however, on the back of each 2" square is the grit clearly marked.
I personally have been using these for many months now, the hold up pretty well (especially when used wet). Most importantly they are far less expensive than getting them form on of the "major" woodworking outlets. The set listed above is under $9 (US).

Micro Finishing Cloth Abrasive Pads | Hobby Lobby | 516765

Check on line because if you have a store close by there is a weekly 40% off coupon that you can download/print to bring to the store... that makes the price about 5.40 (US) before taxes... You can't beat that price.
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They were all gray and labeled with the grit when I first started using them on models about 20 years ago. The downside was many times the numbers would wear off, leaving me without even a color to try to determine the grit. They also weren't as firm back them, allowing them to bend to the countours of the model much better. The ones now are better for wood & acrylics imo, and seem to last a bit longer, but worse for the softer plastic of injection molded models.
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I used to get my MM from International Violin:
Varnish Finishing Kit, Micro Mesh

Woodworkers Kit, Micro Mesh

Lots of choices on the site.
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I found the color chart annoying to look at so I used a sharpie and did a stroke count (hash marks) on the white edge of each pad.
That's what I do also.
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I make my own, so I mark them 1,2,3, etc. I use a sharpie, and it doesn't come off.

I make my own, because I can buy a pack of cloth backed, waterproof paper, with two sheets of 1500, 2000, 2500, 3000, 5000, and 7000 for the price of one set of pads. I then use fabric glue, and glue them to an old set of pads. I also buy 12000 micro mesh and glue it to an old pad as well. Holds up really well, and costs 1/4 of the other pads.
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I used an old computer nerd trick from the days of punch cards. With the stack arranged in order, draw 2 lines across an edge, one parallel to the side of the stack, one diagonal. It lets you quickly sort them into grit order.
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The ones I got from William Wood-Write and Lee Valley were all pre stamped on one side.
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