One of the most asked
questions regarding Padded Sanders is how to change the
paper. Hopefully this tutorial will take some of the
mystery out of the process.
When you purchase the sander the kit will contain the
Padded Sander, a key and a metal template.
It is important to make a note of the direction of the
jam tube in relation to the sand paper. To do this you
should look at the end of the sander tube making sure
that the paper separation is on the bottom. The photo
below will illustrate this. Note that the jam tube is
oblong to hold the sandpaper in place.
To remove the jam tube insert the key and turn away from
the sandpaper and remove. You should be able to remove
the sandpaper at this time
Replacement sandpaper should not be coarser than 100
grit and cloth backed...not paper. I prefer 150 grit.
The metal template is the exact size of the piece of
sandpaper needed. In the photo you will see the proper
direction to place the template on the sandpaper so that
the natural curve of the sandpaper will match the curve
of sander. This is the most important step for ease of
Draw around the template and then cut out.
Next using the metal template fold the paper over the
edges. See the photo illustration.
When finished the sandpaper should form a tube that will
fit on the sander....
Now slide the tube onto the sander by sliding the folds
up the slot.
Replace the jam tube making sure that you line it up
exactly as the starting photo shows and turn to tighten
against the sandpaper.
The number one enemy of the padded sander is running too
fast and creating heat build up that will eventually
ruin the rubber pad. Also, just using the end and
especially at a high speed is also a factor for pad
degradation. Slow down. This is a great tool and will
save you tons of time hand sanding. We have this sander
in two sizes and changing the paper is the same for both