Disc Sander Backing Pads

  1. TechnicAl

    TechnicAl Member

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    Ive got a lovely Makita Sander but its going through Velcro Backing Pads at an annoying rate and replacements are about £25 a time.....anyone got any tips on rejuvenating the velcro
     
  2. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    Interested in this... I need to order a new pad for mine.
    Wondered about giving it a wire brush, but havnt got round to trying it yet.
     
  3. brightspark

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  4. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Grumpy Youngish man.

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    Use a belt sander for heavy sanding.use the orbital for finishing.

    Applying too much pressure to aid removal of material kills them quicker than anything.
    What model btw.

    All seem to be foam rather than rubber between the metal disk and the Velcro surface.
     
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  5. chunkolini

    chunkolini celebrity artiste

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    I bought some self adhesive small round velcro tabs from the local sewing shop.
    Work perfectly
     
  6. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    post 3 screwfix sell it :)
     
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  7. tom 748

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    get them from aldi or lidl
     
  8. TechnicAl

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  9. TechnicAl

    TechnicAl Member

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    probably true....ive been sanding scaff boards
     
  10. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Grumpy Youngish man.

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    Theres your answer. Keep your eyes in ebay for a makita bekt sabder 9401 well worth the money ttey command
     
  11. akdaka Member

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    What about these? https://www.axminster.co.uk/mirka-disc-pad-savers-ax851925 I use them on my Makita sander and have not had to replace the backing pad only the saver. I think modern velcro used on tools does not stand up to the heat build up from sanding. This comes from my experience using my multitool. Put on of these on that and the backing pads last much longer.
     
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  12. postie jon Member

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    yip should only be the weight of the sander on its own.
     
  13. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    if theyre second hand, a quick blast with a wire brush in an angry grinder gets rid of any imbedded grit that can wreck sanders.
    makes an interesting "driftwood" look if you overdo it, however!
     
  14. chunkolini

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    This has worked a treat for about a year of abuse. Saved thirty quid.
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  15. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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  16. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    My thought is you want Flat surface for the disc to sit on, not one with bumps on
     
  17. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    Before you sand them run the blow torch over them lightly it gets rid of the fibres that take a lot of sanding.
     
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  18. TechnicAl

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    Jeez....they are expensive arent they.........£100 for one that looks older than me.....new one about £400.....backing pads are cheaper............To be fair I used to have a belt sander but it broke and I didnt replace it....I should have......any suggestions other than the megabucks jobs....dont mind £100 but £400 is a bit out of my league.
     
  19. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    i have a bosch pbs60 which ive had for years, and love.
    its only a small belt though - and they've been difficult to source at times.

    based on that, if i was in the market for a belt sander, i'd buy a pbs75

    but for scaff boards? angry grinders - wire wheel, then sanding disks.

    if they're *new* scaff boards: planer? electric or manual, hand or fixed.
     
  20. TechnicAl

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    My scaff boards actually come up very well with the Sander using 40 grit and down to 220 grit....they have the "lived in" look or is it shabby chic....I actually used the last one (of the 500 I had from April 2016) this week making a garden bench....however, I acquired a load of timber used for Shoring up holes in the ground which is basically scaff board dimensions but a bit thicker....yet to see how it sands up.
     
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