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Old 04-11-2007, 11:33 AM
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Flexible sanding boards???

Anyone ever use the flexible sanding boards with the removable rods that adjust for stiffness? I will be sanding a large crowned panel similar to a panel truck roof for a fiberglass mold project. Pro's or con's welcome.

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Old 04-11-2007, 11:50 AM
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If you'll do a Search here, you'll find Threads that address this question-

Are those mile long sanding blocks a gimmick?

I have a set and love 'em-
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I have a couple different sizes that take the three rods in them. I really don't care for them, it seems that either the paper sticks to well to them or does'nt at all (especially if you are using them wet). Two of mine I had to use some contact cement on, to glue the metal backing onto the foam where they had separated. You also have to be careful about the metal backing becoming distorted and no longer true. I prefer the Durablock style, they are much nicer to work with and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Ok now my knock on those: the durablock long boards aren't quite stiff enough. I guess you better get a couple of all of em.
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It's a matter of personal choice and sanding style but I've tried the blocks with rods and really don't have much use for them. When blocking a long straight low crown panel they still flex and when removed they sometimes flex too much IMO. I use stiff boards and blocks for any shaping then switch to the durablock for the final grit. It's impossible to make something straight with a board that isn't...
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