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Sanding stainless steel

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Bill Kahn

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I sometimes sand stainless steel. I use https://www.onlineindustrialsupply.com/3weblnoho.html because the 3" size work for the small pieces and concave surfaces I work on. I like this line because you can go from very coarse (60 grit) all the way to very fine (2500) at which point I switch over to polishes.

BUT, these sheets wear out on steel very fast. Maybe 10 seconds on my orbital sander ( https://www.griotsgarage.com/product/3+inch+random+orbital.do?from=ac )

So I take it 10 seconds at a time, let sander spin down., change sheets, 10 more seconds.

I would love to find 3" hook and loop sanding sheets that range all the way up to 2500 grit that are better suited for stainless steel.

Any suggestions?




Oct 21, 2017
I use Indasa abrasives on my 6" and 3" DA sanders, I bought the 3" specifically for metal finishing and haven't found the abrasives wear out too quickly. For coarser grades I use a pad mounted on an air drill rather than on the DA as when I was working in a bodyshop coarser grades were used on a sander/polisher, moving to DA at 240 or 320.
It takes a while to learn how to avoid the edge gouging the work with straight rotation as opposed to DA but it speeds the job up massively if you can,
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