Sanding Mop FAQ's
What size Sanding Mop should I use?
If you are a woodworker, we suggest that you use a 6" Mop because it does not require the same amount of RPM's as the 4". A 4" Mop requires a minimum speed of 4000 RPM's and most woodworkers do not have the tools to run a 4" properly. You will not get the life out of a 4" Mop running it on a drill as you will out of a 6". If you are working with metal, we suggest you use a 4" and run it using air tools. Overall, you are going to get a longer life out of a 6" Sanding Mop.
How long will my Sanding Mop last?
One thing to remember about the mop is that speed is the key. The faster you spin the mop, the longer they will last and the better they will work. 6" mops need to be spun between 2000 and 3500 RPM's. 4" mops need to be run between 4000 and 10000 RPM's. Cordless drills and some electric drills do not have the required RPM's to achieve optimum results.
How can I make my Sanding Mop bigger and more flexible?
Pick up a 1/2" x 4-1/2" hardened bolt at your local hardware store and use 10 or more spacers with one package of sanding strips to produce a soft, 3" wide sanding surface for even larger contours. Especially effective with the 6" mop and great for raised panel doors or in-between coat sanding. This form of the Sanding Mop is best being used with only the finer grits, 220g and 320g.
How do I break in my Sanding Mop?
In order to prevent your Sanding Mop from being overly aggressive, it needs to be broken in. Just hold a piece of scrap wood into your mop while it is spinning for a minimum of 5 minutes. Once the fingers are all separated and the mop begins to soften and become more flexible, you are ready to sand.
Will one grit of the Sanding Mop sand both hardwood and softwood?
Yes, but 120g may take the crisp edge off the profile in softwood and 220g may glaze hardwood. Therefore we recommend using 120g only for sanding hardwoods and 220g for sanding softwoods or in-between coats with the use of spacers.
Can I strip paint with the Sanding Mop?
The sanding mop works great for stripping paint. What we suggest you do is cover the piece to be stripped with any paint stripper and allow it to dry until it crystalizes (1-2 days). Once the paint stripper is dried, use a sanding mop to sand down the piece. No need to worry about scraping or ruining the detail of your piece. Just let the mop do the work.