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Duncan posted 04-25-2001 02:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for Duncan   Send Email to Duncan  
Just a simple tip. I have a RANDOM ORBITAL SANDER (DeWalt is about $65) I bought orignally for painting my house. Makes prep work easy and as close to perfect as you can get.
I have used it for sanding Fiberglass work and removing bottom paint, etc.. Greatest thing since the creation of the Swimsuit Issue!
It incorporates the speed of removal of a belt sander with the fine finish of a 1/4 sheet finish sander...just keep it moving cause it will chew material quickly if turned up on edge.
The Velcro backed Sandpaper disks allow you to change grits in under 10 seconds and you can re-use them. I keep a range of paper from 40 grit (for removal of flaked paint) to 220 grit on hand.
I write this 'cause I'd hate to see anyone deluding themselves into thinking sanding "the Old Fashioned Way" is better!
Wagon1 posted 04-27-2001 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wagon1  Send Email to Wagon1     
Your're right...the random orbital is awesome. I used mine extensivley in my restoration. I noticed however, when doing wood, the orbital tended to raise the grain of the wood a bit. I used the random orbital to do most of my fine sanding, but then came back over it with a palm sander and by hand to smooth out the grain.

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