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Sandpaper Comparison

Sandpaper Comparison Table

Type of Paper Color Properties Best Uses
Aluminum Oxide Light Brown / Tan Very durable,self-sharpens, inexpensive Excellent for raw wood or hard painted surfaces
Ceramic Reddish Brown / Ox Blood Really hard, not self-sharpening Best for use with power belt and pad sanders
Garnet Orange to light red Fairly soft grit, dulls rapidly Final sanding of wood to create a mirror like finish
Silicone Carbide Black Sharp grit, self sharpening, extremely durable Perfect for metal, plastics, fiberglass, & other synthetic materials

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