6 Common Uses for Sandpaper

Sandpaper is an abrasive material that is often used at construction sites or furniture workshops. You can imagine it as plane having several teeth which rub on the surface of woods, metals, plastics or even glass. Its function and kind depend on how many “teeth” or grits per square inch the sandpaper has. Few teeth or grit per square inch mean rough sandpapers, while many teeth or many grit per square inch are fine sandpapers.

Sandpapers are so useful that they are, in fact, needed in our own homes too. Here are the common uses for sandpapers:

1. Preparing Wood for Painting

Have you ever noticed how smooth the wooden tables and chairs we see in exhibits are? It is because they are smoothed by sandpapers to get rid of wood splinters and grains.

Fine sandpaper is used to smooth the surface before paint is applied. This makes the paint adhere better on a clean and clear surface. Not much of the paint is also wasted when you do this.  In addition, sandpaper can polish paint to achieve a more elegant, sleek and soft look.

2. Removing Grout Stain                               

Are you tired of cleaning grout stains in between those tiles especially the ones on the floor and the bathroom? Sandpaper can be used to get rid of grout stains as you smooth those areas in a gentle manner. You will surely be impressed on what sandpaper can do in mere minutes that many detergents or chemicals fail to do in long hours.

3. Polishing Metal

Aside from wood and paint, sandpapers can also polish metal surfaces. One practical use of this is to smooth metals with rusty surfaces so that the iron oxide may not be able to penetrate the whole metal and damage it completely. You can also polish the rough edges of a needle or the rusty parts of garden tables and chairs, and just repaint them after for a new look. 

4. Roughening Some Materials

Rough or coarse sandpaper can be used to roughen shoe soles so you won’t slip or trip. By rubbing the smooth soles with rough sandpaper, they can make better contact to the floors or grounds you walk on.

This same principle may be used for those rubber or plastic materials beneath the legs of the chairs or tables in the dining or living room. To ensure that they will be held in place, they can be roughened a bit by coarse sandpaper.

5. Enhancing Accessories

Fine sandpaper, as well as rough sandpaper, may be used to enhance your fashion accessories especially those which are made of wood, plastics and even metals. Sandpapers can make round edges be more defined and distinct, for further aesthetic appeal.

6. For Making Artwork

Sandpapers also prove to be of great importance in making artworks. They may be commonly used by artists who dwell in mixed-media art. The simple sandpaper can add texture to their work when needed, or add softness to a very strong material, such as wood, to create contrast.