The Common Kinds of Sanding Paper

The Common Kinds of Sanding Paper

Posted by Sandpaper America on Jul 28th 2019

Last blog, we discussed how to properly store sandpaper and various other abrasives. In today’s blog, we will discuss the many types of sandpaper you are likely to find at your local home improvement store, as well as, their common applications.You see, the type of sandpaper you use for your project will depend on various factors, including surface material, desired finish, and personal preference. And for this reason, there are various types of sandpaper to accommodate the numerous sanding applications as well. 

Continue reading to review a list of the most well-known and popular forms of sanding paper, as well as, where to get the highest quality products at the most competitive prices.

Sanding Sheets

One of the most common forms of sandpaper are sanding sheets. This is usually the preferred go-to tool for anyone doing their own repairs, renovations, woodworking projects, and similar projects. Sandpaper sheets can be purchased at any local home improvement store or hardware store, as well as, online through private manufacturers. They usually come in sheets of squares, and are available in a diverse selection of sanding grits, from very course to very fine. Grits generally range from as low as 40 to a high as 240, depending on the brand.

Sandpaper Rolls

Sandpaper rolls are another common product, but more popular among contractors, builders, and professional craftsman. In contrast to sanding sheets, rolls are usually in bulk. They come as one single type of grade per roll, but in a wide range of widths. Sandpaper rolls can be acquired at any local home improvement store or hardware store, as well as, online through private manufacturers. Generally, they are sold by linear length. Common widths include 50 and 115mm.

Sanding Discs

Sandpaper discs are used for rotatory sanders, such as random orbital sanders and other types of handheld sanding devices. They attach to the back of the tool with a screw or an adhesive connection. Because they can be used with so many power tools, they come in a diverse range of diameters. Just remember to always match the disc diameter with the size of the sandpaper.

Sanding Belts

Sanding belts are used belt sanding machines. There are various types of belt sanders on the market, ranging in size, brand, quality, and more. For this reason, sanding belts are also available in a wide selection of grits, widths, and lengths. There is a sanding belt for every belt sander on the market!

Specialty Abrasives

Specialty sandpaper is used for those newer model sanding tools that are designed with non-standard foot prints, which require custom, precut sanding paper. These precut pieces come in various shapes and sizes to accommodate these innovative sanding tools, and attach with a self-adhesive backing.

Where to Find These Forms of Sandpaper

Call Sandpaper America at 1-800-860-7263 (SAND) to buy high-quality, economically-priced sandpaper and sanding products in Indiana. We manufacture our abrasives in-house, so you can be sure that your products are high quality. Call 1-800-860-7263 to place an over-the-phone order, or go online and buy directly from our website! We offer custom orders, bulk orders, reoccurring orders, invoicing, and much more!