Festool USA is introducing a line of hand-sanding products, available in sheets, blocks, sponges, rolls and pads. They feature a latex paper or foam backing and can be cleaned for extended product use.
Product manager Rick Bush says the abrasives are a natural extension of Festool’s product line.
“We recognize that hand-held power tools and machines can’t do everything that needs to be done in terms of abrading a surface, whether it’s prepping a surface for a finish or removing a coating of paint. So we wanted to meet the needs of those manual sanding tasks with a range of options. Each one of the new products in the lineup was carefully thought out as to how you use hand-sheet abrasives,” Bush says.
“For example, with our 9” x 11” Granat abrasive sheets, the backing is very flexible while the grit is bonded to the paper very well in a way that if you fold it over, which people often do with sheet abrasives, it doesn’t crack or separate from the backing which can give you an uneven surface. This same material is also available in an 82’, 4-1/2” wide continual roll form that can be cut to length as needed.”
Granat abrasives are also available on a four-sided sponge for sanding edges, rabbets and profiles, as well as a combination block that has a rounded side and 45-degree edge. There’s also a double-sided sponge that compresses to conform to sensitive surface profiles.
“Say you have a surface with a lot of irregularities, but you don’t want to change the texture of what’s there,” Bush says. “The [double-sided] will accommodate all of the nooks and crannies without changing the surface, so it’s very forgiving.”
Vlies abrasives are also available, recommended for light sanding and mild abrasion to achieve a matte finish.
Prices range from $9 to $46. For more, visit www.festoolusa.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue.