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I came across the new 3M SandBlaster Ultra Flexible sandpaper at Lowe's the other day and decided to give it a try. It's a little unusual in that it has a film backing that lets you roll, fold, or twist it without breaking and it can be used wet or dry.

I used the 150 grit on my current project where I needed to wrap sandpaper around a 1/2" dowel. It worked very well in the tight curves and I was also able to sand a large curved edge (2 1/4" wide) using the sandpaper-wrapped dowel like a spokeshave. You can see the sandpaper wrapped dowel in the attached photo.

I was pleased with how well it worked and will make it is a permanent addition to my sandpaper supply. You can find more info about it here: 3M DIY Products
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thanks Oliver...

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Thanks, Oliver. I have been planning to find a good wet/dry paper to use the great tip that Malcolm posted about using a danish oil slurry to fill the grain in oak instead of a standard filler or sealer. It sounds like these would be a lot more reusable than standard wet/dry. Jim

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I suspect they are worth more than ordinary paper. Do you think they're worth more Oliver?

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I suspect they are worth more than ordinary paper. Do you think they're worth more Oliver?
It's about 15% higher than the regular 3M sandpaper. Is it worth the difference? Well in my case, yes. For example in my current project I need to sand in between the teeth of the gears I've made. The ability to roll this new stuff into a tight tube greatly helps me sand in those areas. So I think it will be very useful for the type of projects I make.

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Thanks Oliver.
15% higher isn't bad if it does what you want and, if it lives up to it's claim of lasting a lot longer.

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Picked up some of the 220 about a month ago, been using it on a recent project requiring alot of sanding in tight places. I like the stuff!!! I keep a bristle brush handy to occasionally knock off any build up on the sheet...bends, folds, twists and wraps nicely. Also glues up well when making custom sanding sticks..

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I've been using it for a while since I first came across it. I pay $4.95 for two sheets. My carved boxes require a lot of hand sanding in the curves by wrapping sandpaper around my finger... and this is ideal since the compound curves are constantly changing.
It is expensive but works good...but I do not find that it lasts 15x longer than regular sandpaper.

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