(G) To be fair, though, I don't think anyone said the stuff is not
effective. Those who have read the article merely reported that it rates
the paper as not *cost* effective.
After all the discussion on this, I took a closer look at the Sandblaster
paper and did a little web surfing for it. 3M's part number for the
series is 216U. It does get (nothing but) high praise on the net, notably
from renowned finishing expert Jeff Jewitt ("the longest-lasting, best
cutting sandpaper I've used" ), and folks who do french
polishing. Jeff's assessment certainly jives with my experience so
There are also many good words for Mirka abrasives. (Leon had recommended
Mirka). In particular, Jeff Jewitt touts it specifically for value ,
which is where the Wood article purportedly finds fault with 3M's 216U.
Numerous others praise the Mirka Bulldog Gold series, especially for
finishing applications. Interestingly, many references that address
finishing problems suggest solutions involving the 3M 216U or the Mirka
Bulldog Gold as alternatives.
I have to confess that despite over 20 years of woodworking, I had never
heard of Mirka abrasives until this discussion (thanks, Leon and Owen!).
To find that it is a rather big and highly respected name in the industry
puts my own knowledge and experience in a humbling perspective. You can
bet I plan to try some Mirka sandpaper immediately, if not sooner. (G)
Put me down for an agree. It's the only paper I buy. There are more and more
Sandblaster products these days. I'm only referring to the basic sheets, and
for hand-sanding. With those caveats, I agree, it's the best I've ever
tried, and worth getting excited over, pathetic as that may seem.
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