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Does anyone use the carbide sanding discs for orbital sanders from Dura-grit or the carbide sanding block? Working on some red oak for stair treads and the 120 grit on regular sanding discs for the 5 inch orbital just does not last.
 

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Does anyone use the carbide sanding discs for orbital sanders from Dura-grit or the carbide sanding block? Working on some red oak for stair treads and the 120 grit on regular sanding discs for the 5 inch orbital just does not last.
theres this tool company called Festool, they have great paper. The sanders are ok too.
 

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I use to sand down the raw hacksaw cuts on fiberglass sail battens using a carbide sanding block. It was the the only thing that would last more than two battens. Forget using any type of sandpaper.

My Findings:
Because there are a lot fewer grit particles and they are placed further apart (there is a lot of dead space) you should get a smaller grit than you would use with conventional paper. That is because they tend to live a rougher finish.
 
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