Does anyone out there actually like to sand? If so, please write in and tell us why. Otherwise, we have a suggestion: Think about the amount of time you spend on a task that's just about the least amount of woodworking fun you can have, and how great it would be to cut it by a factor of three.
The "3X" in Norton 3X Sandpaper means (according to the manufacturer) that it sands three times faster than standard aluminum oxide sandpaper. Sound like an extravagant claim? The more you learn about the product, the easier it is to believe. Just spend a few minutes surfing the abundance of glowing reviews and you'll get the idea. And the raves come from reliable sources: Popular Woodworking Magazine named Norton 3X sandpaper 2003's "best new tool." Teri Masaschi started off her Fine Woodworking article, “Favorite Finishing Products” with the stuff. In fact, when anyone says anything about Norton 3X, it always seems to sound pretty much like these Rockler customer reviews:
"I am a piano refinisher and have been sanding for over 25 years. I discovered the Norton 3X Sandpaper about three years ago and wish I had discovered it 20 years ago. But I suppose it didn't exist 20 years ago. All I have to say is "Thank You" to the Norton company for developing the BEST sandpaper I have ever used. It really lasts a long time and it doesn't gum up for a long time. There are so many more comments I could make but I will stop now. Enjoy your sanding with 3X Sandpaper."
Chrysler in Ashland, NC
“I am always skeptical of manufacturers' claims, but this sandpaper does indeed seem to last 3X! It is well worth the only slight increase in price over traditional sandpaper.”
Brian in Knoxville, TN
Norton 3X has a few things going for it that set it apart from standard aluminum oxide sandpaper: It's made with a superior grade of abrasive that cuts better and last longer. To keep it from tearing over its exceptionally long usfeul life, Norton 3X is backed with fiber-reinforced paper. Best of all, its stearate coating helps keep it from loading up with resin and old finish for far longer than uncoated sandpaper.
Still not sure? Give Norton 3X sandpaper a test drive. The Norton 3X Sandpaper Assortment Pack includes one each of 60, 100, 180 and 220 grit paper - enough to take you through a small project. But be forewarned: Once you've tried it, the thought of going back to standard sandpaper may be too dismal to entertain. Fortunately, Norton 3X Sandpaper is also available in economical twenty-sheet packs of individual grits ranging from 60 to 400 when you're ready to stock up.