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Old 06-11-2010, 08:05 PM
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Use of my DA sander

Okay, here's a REAL new guy (new to bodywork, anyway) question. Today I fired up the DA sander to take the surface rust off my stripped metal. I don't know for sure what angle to use the sander at....flat against the surface or with a slight angle to the metal? Angled seems to 'cut' more thoroughly, but......
Also, as I've experimented/played around, I've been having real fits keeping the stick-on sanding pads attached....they like to fly away spinning at 10,000 rpm (Does anyone remember OddJob in Goldfinger?...kinda like his hats did!!).
Advice for a bodyworking newbie, anyone??

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Had the same problem with the discs when I first fired up the DA. Solution: Always start the DA flat on the metal or surface.
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You never supposed to run D/A at full speed
Half throttle is more than enough. ALWAYS keep it FLAT to the surface of you're just creating low spots/waves
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Clean the pad on the DA with some alcohol, sounds like the DA backup pad is dirty and won't allow the stickum on the discs to adhere. I've gone to the Hookit II system from 3M and love it. Oh yeah and hold the DA flat to the surface before pulling the trigger on the DA.
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