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Old 07-16-2017, 01:14 PM
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Sanding blocks the inexpensive way

I was looking for a long rubber sanding block and couldn't find what I needed at the Summit Racing store. As I was leaving I noticed the kneeling pads with Ford and Chevy on them. The density was perfect and I bought one for $15 to see if I could cut out the long block I needed. Turns out the adhesive paper sticks perfectly and comes off without damaging the block. I sharpened a smooth edge steak knife on a stone and was able to cut out several shapes and sizes from the one kneeling pad and still have some left. They work better than the Durablocks I've been using.
I thought maybe someone else would be interested to know how to inexpensively get a full set of blocks for $15.

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I have made sanding blocks from everything you can imagine, broom stick, full roll of paper towels, pencil, 3M rubber block cut in half, if it fits the shape needed, go for it.

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Radiator and heater hoses, axe handle, cardboard tubes and, my favorite, a plastic Mountain Dew bottle. If it fits the contour it's fair game as a sanding block...
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:11 PM
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add rubber pipe insulation and paint stir stick to the list
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