Accessories - Sandpaper
Sandpaper - Large & Small Grits
Sure, we all know you can get plenty of sand paper at your local big box home improvement store, but they have nowhere near the selection of specialty auto body sandpapers that PPCCO carries. We stock a range of good wet and dry paper in the following grits, 360, 400, 600, 800, 1200, 1500, 2000
Sandpaper Grit Numbers
The grit number of a sanding product indicates the size of the abrasive particles. The lower the number, the larger the abrasive particles - they remove more material but create more noticeable scratches. A higher number indicates smaller particles which don't remove as much material but leave a finer, more polished appearance. Sanding projects use several grit sizes, starting with lower-number grits and moving up the scale to finer, higher-number grits. Each higher grit removes scratches from the previous grit, creating an increasingly smooth surface.
There is a wide range of grit numbers available, from 24 for heavy material removal to 2000 and beyond for working with automotive finishes. Grit numbers between 60 and 220 will handle most household projects.
The specific grit numbers you need vary by project and the material you're sanding, so follow the abrasive product manufacturer's recommendations. Here are some general guidelines:
Grit numbers from 36 to 100 are good for
removing material and work well with power sanders.
Stripping away finishes such as paint or varnish
Removing rust on metals or flaws in wood
Leveling and shaping wood
Grit numbers from 100 to 180 perform well
with both hand sanding and power sanding, preparing bare
surfaces for finishes. This range is good for:
Smoothing work pieces
Final preparation for finishing
Grit numbers from 180 to 320 work for
finishing. Hand sanding is good for these applications:
Removing raised wood grain fibers
Scuffing between finish coats