What are the three types of backing pads?


  • H&L (hook and loop) disc back-up pads: These devices serve polishing applications.
  • Low profile back-up pads: Elements of this category are fitted with thicker foam.
  • Hand sander back-up pads: These products supplant finger sanding.

What is a backing pad used for?

Using a backing pad with sanding discs properly allows for airflow behind the sanding disc which substantially increases the life of the disc from 30% to 50%. This increased airflow additionally allows for debris to flow out improving contact and sanding effectiveness.

What is a hook and loop backing pad?

Hook-and-loop sandpaper has a backing made of a material similar to Velcro. It has hooks and loops that are used to attach the sandpaper to a machine such as a random orbital sander or disc sander. This makes it very simple to change the sandpaper.

What weight sandpaper should be used for the final sanding of projects prior to staining?

Use 100-grit for all-purpose sanding and 120 or 180 for the finest finish, but follow power-tool sanding with hand sanding.

How do you use a hook and loop pad?

It works in the same way. Tiny hooks wrap around tiny loops and form a tight connection, and in this case, hold the sandpaper tightly to the surface of your power tool. Hook and loop sandpaper has a backing made of a similar material. When the two are pressed together, the hooks catch the loops and bind together.

Should I wet wood before sanding?

Water helps it move along smoothly, and eliminates all previous scratches and impurities in the surface of the wood. Wet sanding (at least with woodworking) doesn’t include additional water, just whatever is withheld in the body of the sandpaper or sanding brick.

Can you over sand wood before staining?

A lot of folks make the mistake of sanding to either too fine of a grit or not fine enough before applying stain. Too fine and the wood won’t be able to accept the stain. Too rough and the wood will be very dark almost to the point of being black.

What is hook backing?

Hook and Loop or Velcro Backing This method of attachment is formed by a series of small hooks on the patch that grab small loops of thread that is already attached to the garment. The hook and loop fastener has become a staple for many industries including shoes, garments, straps, and accessories.

Does alcohol raise wood grain?

Rubbing alcohol may raise the grain a bit more that pure alcohol. I recommend that you put a drop of your rubbing alcohol on a piece of white paper and let it dry. If you see or smell any residue on the paper then beware of the effect that the residue may have when you finish the piece.