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I have arthritis in my thumbs.  Lucky me.  This makes it kind of hard to hold little bits of sand paper during wet sanding of my paint jobs. 

So I cut some good old popsicle sticks down, epoxied "handles" at 90 degrees, sealed them with lacquer and used two-sided carpet tape to secure the sandpaper.

Mark the grit with a sharpie...and have at it.  Makes it a lot easier to hold.

Hope this helps!

Doug

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Very nice! The cool thing about this is you can make special sizes or shapes if needed, too.

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Great idea. Basically the same thing as the real ones, but smaller.  :D

Image result for sanding board

You can use rubber cement to adhere the paper too, or the spray adhesive made for this job...available in auto-body-supply stores.

Edited by Ace-Garageguy

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    I like this idea a lot!  Now I just have to

make me a bunch of those.

 

     David S.

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Yup!  While I have full, unfettered use of both hands and fingers, I have made countless small sanding blocks such as these for years now.  Easy to make, inexpensive, and they can do a great job!

Art

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Another option that works well, although maybe not so much for arthritis sufferers, is to use the Styrofoam trays meat or sometimes produce is packaged in and using rubber contact cement or spray adhesive attach sandpaper to these.  Then using your favorite cutting implement cut it into whatever shape and size you need.  I have found using some cylindrical object, such as a MM paint bottle, helps in rolling the sandpaper into a better contact with the Styrofoam; and they are also flexible.  Just my $.02.

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Old thread but good tips! I just made a sanding "sponge" using some 1/4"x1-1/2" self adhesive neoprene gasket. Peel the backing off, stick it to the backside of whatever sandpaper grit you like, and trim the excess paper.

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I've been doing this for years too but I use sheet plastic and make them as big or small as I want and in any shape. 

I just glue the wet or dry sandpaper right to the plastic block with superglue.

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Who cares if it's an old thread....  Nice tip and thanks for sharing it...   and yours too..!!

19 hours ago, NOBLNG said:

Old thread but good tips! I just made a sanding "sponge" using some 1/4"x1-1/2" self adhesive neoprene gasket. Peel the backing off, stick it to the backside of whatever sandpaper grit you like, and trim the excess paper.

 

15 hours ago, slusher said:

I have not seen this thread but a tip I can use with my MS..

 

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I pull all the bristles out of a battery-operated tooth brush, then glue a circular piece of sandpaper on the tooth brush head.

I use wet/dry sandpaper of the desired grit and CA cement. To replace the sandpaper, cut it off using a worn Xacto blade; place the head on sandpaper and sand off any irregularities, then glue the new sandpaper on.

After turning it on, the tooth brush does all the sanding work, not your arthritic hands.

Edited by BigTallDad

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1 hour ago, BigTallDad said:

I pull all the bristles out of a battery-operated tooth brush, then glue a circular piece of sandpaper on the tooth brush head.

I use wet/dry sandpaper of the desired grit and CA cement. To replace the sandpaper, cut it off using a worn Xacto blade; place the head on sandpaper and sand off any irregularities, then glue the new sandpaper on.

After turning it on, the tooth brush does all the sanding work, not your arthritic hands.

That's a neat idea..

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