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Old 07-03-2010, 08:20 AM
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Hi, I have been looking at some sander polishers and some of the popular ones are 7 inch diameter. I'm having trouble finding 7 inch hook and loop paper. I see that 6 and 8 inch paper are common. What are my options. Grayle

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Just Google:7 inch hook and loop sandpaper and BINGO! all kinds will pop up.
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This is an aside to your question, but if you are in the market for a sander/polisher, you might want to consider size for yet another reason. Your ID doesn't state your age but as one of the official "old coots" on this site, I can tell you that the large diameter, heavier sander/polishers can become a real challenge to keep holding up after a day or two of sanding and/or polishing...particularly when you are doing a lot of vertical surfaces.

Now if you are a young whippersnapper with lots of muscle, then this is less of an issue. But if you aren't the strongest guy in the world anymore...think long and hard about the weight of the machine you are buying. Your arms will thank you in the morning.
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Just Google:7 inch hook and loop sandpaper and BINGO! all kinds will pop up.
I did and didn't really come up with many results!
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This is an aside to your question, but if you are in the market for a sander/polisher, you might want to consider size for yet another reason. Your ID doesn't state your age but as one of the official "old coots" on this site, I can tell you that the large diameter, heavier sander/polishers can become a real challenge to keep holding up after a day or two of sanding and/or polishing...particularly when you are doing a lot of vertical surfaces.

Now if you are a young whippersnapper with lots of muscle, then this is less of an issue. But if you aren't the strongest guy in the world anymore...think long and hard about the weight of the machine you are buying. Your arms will thank you in the morning.
I'm 31 and this is my first experience stripping a car. Do you have a suggestion on the sander I should use? I have a 5 inch RIGID brand sander that I use for wood working, Would that be OK to use? Grayle
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As far as I know (not much) the buffing pads and backer pads are sold separately they may come with a wool pad and a universal backer that has nut through them.
one option you should defiantly want is an electronic speed control, a simple on/off switch wont do....along with the lightest weight,
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This is what I use in the pic attached. The soft pad and 40 grit stripes a vehicle fast. You can pick up the backing pad and hook it sand paper at your local auto body supply store.
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This is what I use. It's a 7" Hitachi, With a hook and loop adapter and 8" pad it weighs about 9 very heavy pounds about 2 hours into a cut and buff job. It's also variable speed from 0 to 3600 rpm.



This is the newest version - and not cheap: http://www.tylertool.com/hitachi99.html

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This is what I use in the pic attached. The soft pad and 40 grit stripes a vehicle fast. You can pick up the backing pad and hook it sand paper at your local auto body supply store.
Is that an 8" Rix??? What about the heat ?? and is the same backing pad used for the strippers and buffing pads???? I'd like to try one of those 8" strippers how long does one last and how much does one cost????
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I use the Porter Cable 7424 buffer since my initial buffing with a traditional 7" buffer. The Porter Cable buffer make it less possible to burn the clear coat than the 7" buffers do. I think you can find it a little cheaper than the link I posted.

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