Sanding Belt FAQ's

How should I store my belts?

To obtain the optimum life from your belts, consider how you plan to store them. Abrasives should be kept away from widows and any direct heat source. They should not be stored on concrete floors or near any area of dampness. Ideal conditions for storage is at a temperature range of 60*F to 80*F (or 18*C to 26*C). Changes in conditions will have an effect on the overall performance of the belt. High humidity may cause creasing, loading and premature grit loss, while low humidity may cause product brittleness and lack of flexibility. Belts can be stored in original plastic wrap until ready for use or sealed in an airtight container. Take care to protect your belt investment for the longest life possible.

You claim your belts are bi-directional. What does that mean?

All the belts that we sell are joined with something called a "Butt Splice" in which the ends are butted together and joined by high strength tape on the underside of the joint. This allows the belt to run in either directionfor greater belt life.

How do I use graphite cloth with my belts and what good does it do?

Graphite is another great idea to help prolong the life of your belts and machines. Use this heavy cloth backed graphite on the platen of your sander. The slippery surface of the graphite will keep the belt from heating up and will also decrease the drag on your belt sander motor and bearings. Graphite cloth can be attached with double faced tape, contact cement, spray adheasive or screwed in place.

What is belt dressing and how do I apply it?

Belt dressing is a special lubricant placed on the belt anytime you may be working with metals, plastics or glass. It is great for sharpening knives and chisels, asi it will reduce heat caused by friction on their fine edges. By holding the tube against your belt as it is spinning, the grease spreads out thinly and remains wet on the belt, providing lubrication and protection for the belt. This extends the life of the belt and leaves the grit free to cut and clean smoothly.

Sometimes the belts I buy from my local supplier break at the joint. Why is that?

Once in a while, belts may be left on the shelf too long before being sold, and the glue holding the joint becomes old and brittle causing the belt to break. Buying fresh stock and proper storage will minimize this problem.