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Old 04-05-2006, 08:55 AM
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Daaaaah!

I know that's what I will get after this question but I can't figure it out !
WHAT THE HECK IS DA ? I read it quite a lot some sort of paint removal
"alot easier than DA" " just DA it and get it done "?????????

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LOL, no problem guy, it is one of those "secret codes" used by the tradesmen. "DA" stands for "Dual Action", what the term means is "sand it with a DA sander". The "DA" is a round pad sander what has an orbital action, but also has a little lock what will prevent it from "orbiting" and make it a grinder, hence....Dual action.....hence......DA.

The most common form is a 6" pad, 95% of them are in that form. But there are people who use a 5" pad and there is a little mini DA that uses a 2 or 3 inch pad. That is a handy little tool!

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Thanks Brian I have used one before been 15 years since I hung around the body shop but I've used the dual action sander before ...DAAAAAH!
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Years ago a DA sander was used a lot, and the term is still used to describe sanders. Now you won't see a Da sander used as much sanding for paint as it was back then. They are a bit harder to control and better for roughing out work, but in the old days in production shops they were used for sanding paint and roughing out mud, at a dealership we even used them to sand primer, BUT that was a production setting and you had to be good using that da. Now orbital sanders or more the norm for finish and sanding type work in most shops. They are much smoother, have a tighter pattern and are better for finish sanding. Some people use them for sanding before buffing too with very fine paper. The too biggest names are dynabrade, and hutchins and are also often called a palm sander because they are usually in that form (not always) and don't have a handle. They cost a bit more then most DA sanders, but is worth it, a good tool to have.
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