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C2crewman

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I'd like some suggestions on sandpaper rolls. I'd like to buy 100 grt to 400 to 600 grt. Please give me the name brand and what the cost is per roll. Thanks!
 
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monophoto

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I generally parse abrasives into two categories - hook & loop discs, and rolls. My preferred discs are the 'Blueflex' product sold by Vince Welsh (Vince's Wood'n Wonders). Made by Sia Abrasives in Switzerland, this is not the least costly material around, but in my experience, it's worth the additional cost.

As to rolls, I admit to being cheap - I buy the Klingspor Woodturner's Bargain Box (https://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/bb00001/). This is a fairly large box contain 20 pounds of various left-overs and roll-ends from the Klingspor manufacturing process. Klingspor abrasives are really good (among the very best), but its a crap shoot in that you don't get to choose what's in the box - the last box I bought contained rolls of 180, 220, 240, 320, 500 and 800 grit cloth backed abrasive - some were three or four inches wide, but some were fairly narrow roll ends (3/4" wide). There was even one roll that was only 1/4" wide. Actually, Klingspor have several versions of the bargain box that vary in weight (5#, 10# or 20#), backing (plain, hook & loop, and PSA), and range of grits (coarse, medium and fine or medium and fine).

Both Vince's product and the Klingspor materials follow the European grit standard, so intermingling them is a seamless process. Obviously, it's possible to mix US and European standard abrasives, but there is a range where the grit specifications overlap that requires that you think a little about what you are doing.

Because the Klingspor boxes come as a 'you get what's available on the day it's shipped' collection, a box can contain a mixture of very flexible materials and very stiff materials. Vince's discs are backed in blue vinyl and are fairly flexible. In my experience, more flexible abrasives are needed if the turning has fine details, but having this combination on hand covers all the bases.
 
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penicillin

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For pens, I use the Rockler multi-roll sandpaper pack. I like it for its convenience. I put the rolls in the metal holder for easy tear-off:
https://www.rockler.com/woodturners-multi-roll-sanding-pack
https://www.rockler.com/rockler-multi-roll-sandpaper-dispenser

+1 on the Klingspor box that @monophoto recommended. You get a lot of very high quality sandpaper at a very reasonable cost. You don't get to pick which rolls you get, but the value is obvious:
https://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/bb00001/

See this thread for a list of the sandpaper rolls that came in two Klingspor boxes:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/sources-sandpaper-186777/#post1830458
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/sources-sandpaper-186777/#post2062175
Full thread:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/sources-sandpaper-186777/
 

C2crewman

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For pens, I use the Rockler multi-roll sandpaper pack. I like it for its convenience. I put the rolls in the metal holder for easy tear-off:
https://www.rockler.com/woodturners-multi-roll-sanding-pack
https://www.rockler.com/rockler-multi-roll-sandpaper-dispenser

+1 on the Klingspor box that @monophoto recommended. You get a lot of very high quality sandpaper at a very reasonable cost. You don't get to pick which rolls you get, but the value is obvious:
https://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/bb00001/

See this thread for a list of the sandpaper rolls that came in two Klingspor boxes:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/sources-sandpaper-186777/#post1830458
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/sources-sandpaper-186777/#post2062175
Full thread:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/sources-sandpaper-186777/
I sure appreciate the recommendations. I've been using several kinds and not finding just what I'd like. I will try that
 

C2crewman

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For pens, I use the Rockler multi-roll sandpaper pack. I like it for its convenience. I put the rolls in the metal holder for easy tear-off:
https://www.rockler.com/woodturners-multi-roll-sanding-pack
https://www.rockler.com/rockler-multi-roll-sandpaper-dispenser

+1 on the Klingspor box that @monophoto recommended. You get a lot of very high quality sandpaper at a very reasonable cost. You don't get to pick which rolls you get, but the value is obvious:
https://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/bb00001/

See this thread for a list of the sandpaper rolls that came in two Klingspor boxes:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/sources-sandpaper-186777/#post1830458
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/sources-sandpaper-186777/#post2062175
Full thread:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/sources-sandpaper-186777/
Thanks! I'll give that a try.
 

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I use just Abranet. 80 grit for roughing brass tubes and 140 grit between turning and MicroMesh. More expensive than sandpaper but lasts a lot longer with just a quick blast with the airhose to clear it.
 

mark james

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I love Klingspor on my disk sander - which I use a lot for segmenting. But for pen finishing, I go with Abranet, then micromesh.
 

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Big fan of the rockler multi roll pack if you watch the ads you can get it of $10 a box that is when I strike and get 3 to 5 boxes and I am set until the next sale. Also wood turners wonders for my 2 inch velco disk and holder's.
 

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I really like Abranet. It's easy cleanup and durable. After that I foam padded Micro Mesh wet. I keep mine in order submerged in a closable container.

Tomas
 

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Also a fan of
Abranet. Works very well, less clogging, longer lasting, I find it easier to clean when using. It is a bit more expensive but in the long run I think I spend less using it over regular paper.
 

TonyL

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I use all types, but primarily Abranet. I also started using 3/4" x 3/4" squares of Abranet (just an estimate) and tossing it after a single use (not my idea, another member gave me the idea). This way I always know grit is "fresh".
after 600 Abranet, I use Norton's 800, 1000 or 1200, 1500, and 2000 (dry not wet), from there to the buffing wheels. There are so many ways to sand. You will find the right one (or perhaps more than one) that works for you.
 

JimB

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I use Klingspor sheets for 90% of all my sanding. I've tried other brands and I like this the best for consistency in grit, it doesn’t clog as easily as other brands and it is flexible. I cut the sheet in half length wise and then cut it into strips about 1” wide. Grits I keep on hand are 80, 120, 150, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500.

For the rest of my sanding I use either abranet sheets or discs from Woodturning Wonders for power sanding.
 
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