Every time we have to do any drywall work, we're reminded of why it's so important to work properly to reduce the need for sanding. For most of us, drywall work is reduced to several cycles of applying compound, sanding and repeating the process, often many times. Yet we know skilled drywallers who can walk around a room - on stilts to boot - creating smooth, sand-free seams in a single pass. Just. Like. Magic!
That level of skill saves many, many hours of sanding and clean up on the jobsite, and we can all take a lesson from this. Every industry can benefit from ways to reduce the need for sanding before the work reaches finishing.
A fine starting point is well-made forms without blemishes that will need to be repaired later. From molds in the fiberglass or resin casting trades to laminating or steam bending forms in woodworking, preventing damage during forming will save a great deal of time and hassle with sanders and sandpaper later.
Adjusting milling and fabrication techniques to create the best possible finishes at the start should be a priority. The Team at 2Sand.com wrote about this specifically for woodworkers in an earlier blog, but the concept works in any industry.
A clean, even weld without slag, a well designed slug in a fiberglass or vacuum formed part, and void free castings from properly made molds are all possible with planning. Creating the best possible parts from the start saves cleanup and finishing time downstream in the manufacture.
Our business is to sell a wide variety of abrasives including sanding sheets, sanding disks, sanding belts, and sandpaper rolls, but in the long run, we know that your success is ours. So whatever we can do to help you thrive and grow in your industry, be it metal, plastic, wood, fiberglass, or restoration, will ultimately help us grow too. We certainly want you to visit 2Sand.com to order your sanding supplies, but we also want you to use our blog to learn, be inspired, and hopefully sand just the one time!
Happy (not) Sanding!