Fine sanding

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David Thorpe
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Fine sanding

Postby David Thorpe » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:26 am

There are some areas in the loco kit I'm currently building where I've had to use a little bit of filler, and while I've smoothed it down as best I can I'd like to finish it off with a sufficiently fine abrasive that will maintain the contours of the model and (hopefully) ensure that once painted the filled bit will blend in with the rest. I've been quite impressed, on screen at least, with things like Flexi Sanders (https://www.axminster.co.uk/dual-grit-f ... sel=103878) although they come in packs of varying grades, some of which I suspect I won't use. However, they're not likely to break the bank. I wonder if anyone has any experience of these, or any alternative suggestions?

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Philip Hall
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Re: Fine sanding

Postby Philip Hall » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:06 am

I use foam manicure polishing sticks from the local chemist. Many grades of abrasive, and they can be cut and shaped as required. They can also be bought singly, although I suspect that might be more expensive than in sets. I also have sanding sticks of coarser abrasive made from Mavala emery boards with a small square wooden strip on one side to keep them flat. Great for use on plastics as they are very hard wearing.

Philip

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David B
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Re: Fine sanding

Postby David B » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:24 am

I have a selection of Micro Mesh foam sticks which I get, individually rather than in sets, from modellingtools.co.uk. I have cut some in to smaller pieces for some jobs. I find these sticks invaluable and use them regularly, the coarser ones for removing material and the finer ones for polishing. They are also very good for cleaning parts, large and small, before soldering.

I sometimes cut pieces of fine wet and dry and stick them to pieces of shaped wood, shaped to suit the job.

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David Thorpe
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Re: Fine sanding

Postby David Thorpe » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:00 pm

Thanks everyone. I've ordered a set of the Micro-Mesh sticks on ebay - modellingtools.uk was out of stock and stewmac's were going to have to come from Canada, with associated carriage costs. They seem to be just the job for what I need.

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