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Removing Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Backed Sandpaper

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Adhesive backed sandpaper is very convenient, right up to the point where you need to take it off so you can put on a new piece of paper. The good news is that adhesive backed sandpaper sticks pretty well while you’re using it. The bad news is that it continues to stick pretty well when you’re trying to take it off. Here’s a very cool trick that will help you peel your paper in one large piece, instead of a hundred tiny ones.

Preparation is key

Whether you’re using adhesive backed sandpaper or hook and loop; a random orbit sander or belt sander; stearated paper or non-stearated paper, knowing how to get your projects ready for finish is as important as the finishing step. Using the right abrasive, and knowing how to use it, is key. It may seem simple, but knowing how to sand wood is critical. If you don’t do a good job sanding, you can’t do a good job finishing.

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7 Responses to “Removing Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Backed Sandpaper”

  1. Steve

    That’s a great way to get it off, however, if you take your heat gun or a hairdryer to the disc it will also come off cleanly and easily. That work especially good on metal disc and you don’t have to disassemble the tool to place it in the freezer.

  2. Wayne

    Another alternate idea is to heat the metal mounting plate with a heat gun or hair dryer. Works pretty slick.

  3. Wayne

    Another alternate way to remove PSA sandpaper is to heat up the back of your metal mounting plate with either a heat gun or hair dryer. Works really slick.

  4. mwarnow

    But my 12" disc sander doesn't fit in my freezer...

  5. rdjbishop

    Cool! (No pun intended)

  6. clutions

    Great for the glass on the Work Sharp! Any tips for metal discs as on belt/disc sanders? Thanks.

  7. roger

    Thanks so much for this tip ! This saves using a razor blade and paint thinner.

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