Sanding sponges

This isn’t new I know, but new to me - I recently found sm, med and
coarse sanding sponges at Harbor Frieght for a few bucks for a dozen.
They are great but the fine isn’t fine enough. Ace has
sandpaper-backed sponges in fine grit but they are $4 EACH.

So I figured a way to make my own: Bought a grouter’s knee pad from
Ace ($3 – 7/8" thick closed cell foam) and cut it into 12 small
“bricks”. Used spray adhesive to glue onto the foam different grits
of sandpaper, including crocus cloth.

I’m really pleased with the results.

Also, a friend told me about little sponge sanding disks sold at
beauty supply places, for manicurists. They are also great. (Never
would have thought of that, having only once been to get a manicure,
on a cruise - don’t ask - and the poor girl was so horrified at the
state of my fingers and nails that she was exclaiming and showing the
OTHER spa workers!).

Roseann Hanson
Desert Rose Design Studio
Tucson, Arizona

Go to Sally’s Beauty Supply and get very fine grit sponges. They
are only 99cents. Don’t waist your valuable time making it.


    Go to Sally's Beauty Supply and get very fine grit sponges. 
They are only 99cents.  Don't waist your valuable time making it. 

Yes you’ll see I also mention these. But they are small diameter, and
thin, and tear within a few days, which at $1 each is actually quite
expensive. If sanding larger works my way works quite well and my
time is well spent!

3M makes a high quality sanding sponge that is available in fine,
micro-fine, ultra-fine. Most likely available through industrial
supply shops.

Steve Guyot
Guyot Brothers Co Inc
Decorative jewelry findings & ornamental stampings since 1904

I have recently have been using sanding sponges my friend Pat Hicks
sent me. They work much better than wet sandpaper. I find they
work a little better if wet. I won’t say where the moisture comes
from but I have noticed it helps to chew gum while sanding.

Lee Epperson

I have found usable sponges in hobby stores such as Michael’s and
Hobby Lobby. They are usually close to the unfinished wood products.

Marilyn Smith

I love the 3m sanding sponges from Rio…I usually cut them up into
strips that are about 2" long by 3/8 " wide… that seems to work
well…the medium sponges are a bit coarse…I tend to use the fine,
superfine, ultra fine, and microfine. I also like to use the manacure
files that are used for artificial nails, they have different
coarseness on each side, I like to cut them into toothpick - size
shapes…they’re rigid enough to get into small spaces well…