Random orbital sander
- What sandpaper grit to use for my random orbital sander?
- How to get the best sanding results with a random orbital sander
- When to use variable speed on a random orbital sander
How to get the best sanding resultsThe quality of the sanding result depends on various factors. It’s important to replace worn sanding sheets in good time, for instance. And we’d never recommend using the same sanding sheet for wood and metal. You should also take the grain size of the sanding sheet into account.
Switch on the random orbital sander before the sanding base comes into contact with workpiece. Guide the tool along the work surface in a rotary or eccentric movement in parallel to it, rather than at an angle, to avoid making unsightly sanding marks.
It’s also important not to apply too much pressure when sanding. If you push too hard on the sander the results will be less good, the sanding sheet will wear faster and you’ll tire yourself out unnecessarily.
Moreover, you can adjust the speed on some random orbital sanders. This really helps get good results on various materials. You can test the tool speed on a piece of waste material before you start to determine the right speed for your job.