Sanding belts are essential tools in the abrasives industry, especially when working with wood projects. They easily remove old paint, smooth out uneven surfaces, and provide a uniform finish for all types of wood. They are popular and common tools used in the woodworking industry, but they do not last forever. At some point, a craftsman will need to replace his or her sanding belt with a new one. Although sanding belts are not very expensive, they are still worth preserving for as long as possible.
Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to ensure your sanding belts remain in optimal condition for as long as possible. Continue reading to learn what they are!
General Care for Sanding Belts
Whichever type of sanding belt you have, there are a few ways to increase the lifespan and avoid premature deterioration. One helpful tip to start with: when ordering in bulk, never purchase more than one year’s worth of sandpaper belts. If you have trouble estimating just how many sanding belts you expect to use in a year’s time, simply consult a sandpaper manufacturer for free advice.
Avoid Close-Out Sales and Unknown Manufacture Dates
Generally, purchasing sanding belts at a close-out or clearance sale is not a good gamble. This is because they have a shelf life, and those trying to be sold in desperation are probable close to their shelf life date. Also, don’t purchase sandpaper belts if you cannot confirm the date of manufacture. If you do not know how old they are, you can’t know if they still retain any value or quality. Just always be sure you are buying NEW product.
Store Belts in a Safe and Dry Location
You want to keep your sander belts in a place that will not be disturbed or damaged. This area should ideally be temperature-controlled, or at least dry at all times. Low humidity levels are the best environment for such tools. Consider an air-conditioned room or garage.
New Belts that Break May Be Defective
If your new belt breaks right at the seam within 90 days of owning it, it is most likely due to a manufacture error or defect. In this case, the manufacturer should replace the belt for you. Just be sure to keep your broken item in case you must show it to them first. For this reason, it is also important to locate the contact information of the manufacturer before purchasing new belts.
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