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Post by 63Falconconvert on December 28th 2010, 3:11 pm

After 10 years of had abuse my Makita 5" orbital finally gave up. Went to Harbor Freight and picked up there $19.99 special. I have to admit for the money it's a decent sander. I used it on a small job and it worked great, and it even has a dust bag...
http://www.harborfreight.com/power-tools/sanders/5-inch-random-orbital-palm-sander-93431.html
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Post by loneagle on February 9th 2011, 11:46 pm

I just got one too and I love it. Much better than my air powered da sander. I plan on using it for the body prep and final sanding.

I found a great deal on 5" hook and loop discs on amazon.com. free shipping on a 25 dollar order.

http://www.amazon.com/Mirka-23-615-320-8-Hole-Dustless-Sanding/dp/B0000223TB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297309761&sr=8-1
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Post by 63Falconconvert on February 11th 2011, 8:54 pm

that is a good deal, thanks for the heads up.
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Post by GreenMachine on February 28th 2011, 11:57 am

I went and got one too. Also got a buffer that was on sale.

Eagle, what grit would use on this if you were going to use it for final sanding.
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Post by loneagle on February 28th 2011, 1:46 pm

GreenMachine wrote:I went and got one too. Also got a buffer that was on sale.

Eagle, what grit would use on this if you were going to use it for final sanding.

320 or even 400 will work well before topcoat. The areas where I performed body work, I'll guide coat and block with 400. I also like to use red scotchbrite pads for scuffing the tight areas.
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Post by retired plumber on February 28th 2011, 10:06 pm

Green, If you are talking about the sand before buffing I would recommend hand sanding only with 1500 grit. You can go through the color down to metal realllllyyyyyy fast with power. If you mean primer sanding then Loneagle has you covered.
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Post by GreenMachine on March 8th 2011, 10:55 am

I put it to use yesterday with the sanding disc it came with(320 I think), and it wore out before sanding half the trunk just down to the primer. What grit discs should I get to start off with?
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 8th 2011, 1:23 pm

I would start with 80 grit if you want to remove 90% of paint/primer, if you just want to scuff the paint so you can prime over it then I would use 180.
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Post by GreenMachine on March 8th 2011, 3:26 pm

I figured something like that, so I guess I just need to figure out whether I want to go down to bare metal or not. Even if I don't go down to metal I'll still primer it. I do have another project that I will definitely go down to metal since so much of the paint has already chipped off down to metal anyway.

As far as sanding discs to look for is hook and loop the term for the backs that velcro?
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 8th 2011, 3:32 pm

yes, it's velcro, but they call it "hook & loop". Home depot, harbor freight, walmart, etc they all carry it
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Post by retired plumber on March 8th 2011, 11:31 pm

Please don't go down to bare metal if you don't have to. The O.E.M. baked paint is the best subcoat you can have. Of course you can go to metal if you have to but save as much of the origional paint (If its still good) as you can.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 10th 2011, 5:31 pm

I agree with Mike, unless you have to weld or do major body work, just block the original paint and use that as a subcoat to check for panel straightness.
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Post by GreenMachine on March 21st 2011, 3:23 pm

I went and got some 80 grit discs, but they don't seem to work as well as the disc that came with the sander
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 22nd 2011, 1:09 pm

are the discs not lasting or just not removing paint
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Post by GreenMachine on March 23rd 2011, 10:19 am

Kind of both I'd say. I got the gator brand from Lowes. It will work pretty well if I hold the sander at an angle, but considering the grit is stronger it should be working well flat and much better than the intial grit I used.
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Post by GreenMachine on April 11th 2011, 11:44 am

Any ideas on the problem?
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