Have you ever added up how much money you spend on woodworking’s most disposable supply? If you did, you might develop a serious interest in prolonging the working life of your sandpaper – especially those spendy specialized abrasives that go on your disc, drum and belt sanding equipment. Unfortunately, there’s still no way to sharpen sandpaper, but you can get a lot more mileage out of it while it still has an edge by keeping it clean. And if you do take the time to clear away all of the resinous gobs of dust with some frequency, your abrasives will actually stay sharp longer. Not only will they cut better, but they’ll run cooler, and won’t break down nearly as fast.
So, how do you clean sandpaper? With one of the most popular products in Rockler’s entire catalog – an Abrasive Cleaning Stick. This magical device consists of a specially formulated rubber that abrades away slowly when moved against a sandpaper surface. The heat generated causes dust particles stuck in the grit to bond to abraded rubber particles, which are in turn whisked away in the process. You just hold the stick up against your belt, drum, disc, or whatever kind of sander’s abrasive material while it’s moving and watch it magically restored, often to like new condition.
It really does work. If you ask around, you may even run into a few abrasive cleaning stick “enthusiasts”. Normally, we wouldn’t expect people to get excited about a product with such a prosaic purpose as cleaning sandpaper. But everyone who ever tries one seems swear by their miraculous sandpaper rejuvenating properties ever after. And many of them are more than willing to tell you about it, as they have in these Rockler customer reviews:
"Holy Cow! I was skeptical about leaving the wrapper on, but it didn't stop it from working perfectly. My disc and belt are far cleaner than compressed air and a vacuum ever got them. And it literally only took a few seconds. Worth every penny!"
Chris R., from Manchester, CT
"I never used one of these but heard good things about it and thought I would try it. I got one and they work GREAT. My sanding devices would get clogged and I was changing out sand paper way too often. I used this device and I am getting a very extended life out of my belts, spindles, discs etc. Very versatile. Well worth the small price you pay to extend the life of your sand paper. HIGHLY RECOMENDED."
Greg V., from St.Paul, MN
"If you have a sander–you MUST have one or more of these!!! I have been using them for years and have never been disappointed. Highly recommended!!"
Richard DiPasquale, from Mesa, AZ
"Had my doubts as I had never used one before. It works great. Recommended it to my son-in-law already. If you haven't used this before, buy it with confidence."
Lloyd M. Herrin, from Empire, AL
"I have used this product and it works great. 5-10 seconds and it cleans the belt like new. I can use a belt 5-10 times longer than before. I would guess each stick is good for about 100 cleanings. Well worth the money."
Steve Adams, from Valdosta, GA
"I have and use this product regularly. This product really does what it says, saves me time and money. The time is saved in the changing of belts and money in the amount of belts purchase. I would recommend that every shop and woodworker have one."
Scott Saylors, from Cohutta , GA