Anything that helps to minimise effort, time and mess when sanding big areas is worth a look as far as I am concerned, and the kits from National Abrasives looked useful.
The Multi-Purpose Sander Quick Change System consists of a pole, a large 220mm diameter sanding disc, a handle and a pole adaptor. Each of the pieces is able to be used in a variety of combinations according to need. The glassfibre pole can be used with both round disc and corner sander.
Because of its flexible universal joint, the adaptor allows the user to sand in every direction and follow junctions like skirtings and covings with ease.
To reach other areas maybe lower down, simply remove the pole adaptor and attach the handle to have a big area of sanding literally at your fingertips.
Users have the option to attach wipe down sponges or microfibre cloths to the disc (with pole or handle) for the final step.
By using either the gold or aluminium oxide optional disc, you can sand fillers, wood, paint and metal quite aggressively.
The tungsten carbide disc can smooth concrete and masonry - not a job I fancy - but the small trial piece I did worked well.
All of the pieces of the kit can be replaced, including interface pads, thus making for a kit that can be added to as well as renewed as necessary.
The Multi Use Corner Sander is a similar concept –its main part is the right-angled ABS plastic corner sander. Sanding sheets can be attached to either or both of the arms of the right-angled legs. When sanding right up to the edge of a floor for example, you can leave the abrasive off the angle facing the skirting so that it is not sanded.
For a softer touch on the sanding, there are additional foam pads with hook and loop surfaces.
There is also the option to attach either the handle or the pole adaptor. Using the handle I found it really easy to sand right up to doorframes since the abrasive reaches up to the corner and maintains its right-angled shape. Using the pole allows the reach for coving, corners or ceiling/wall junctions and it is efficient too.
There are some excellent accessories as well. A set of wipe down sponges makes it easy to get the dust out of corners and a made-to-measure microfibre cloth gives a good final wipe down in preparation for painting etc.
I found these kits a lot easier to use than I thought. The pole sanding options were actually much more efficient and easier to control because the backing discs are rigid and the hook and loop fixings are secure. The universal joint on the adaptor allows really flexible movement of the pad and discs, without losing control or accuracy.
- Very versatile – used on a pole or by hand
- Reaches to ceiling height without a ladder
- Sands right up to edges
- Easy to control
- Different surfaces sanded with different discs
- Easy to swop abrasives via hook and loop
- Economical way to sand big areas.