The product that put Mirka on the world stage
Aluminum Oxide abrasive medium bonded to a superior woven mesh backing
Its not sandpaper… it’s a see-through sanding screen mesh
Mirka describes is like this: “a dense network of polyamide fabric threads onto which the net abrasive grit is bonded. This open weave, net structure means that no dust particle is more than 0.5 mm from a dust extraction hole. The result is phenomenal dust extraction across the entire abrasive surface producing virtually dust-free sanding”
We shortened that explanation to:
”Just Plain AWSOME !”
Positively the finest most versatile abrasive anywhere - Period !
- Cuts Twice as quick as conventional sandpaper with a lighter touch
- Lasts up to 5 times as long or longer than conventional sandpaper
- Continuous full coverage dust extraction when used with a dust extractor
- The mesh helps to keep dust from building up in the grit
- Works with ANY hole pattern of backing pads and sanders
- Works on any brand sander
- Works with most dust extractors and vacuum systems
- Available from 80 to 1000 grit
- Perfect for Wood, Metal, Solid Surface and painted surfaces
- Works well on Primers, Body Fillers, Lacquers, fiberglass and Gellcoat
- Also ideal for Stripping Paint and removing finishes
- A collection of Mirka Sanding accessories can make it fit your job perfectly
- Stop wasting time lining up holes
- Stop throwing away money on cheap sandpaper
- Stop living in a Dusty Shop
- Move up to a world of Dust Free Sanding – Move up to Abranet
Abranet is available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and packaged in various quantities including our most popular 50 pack box and the Economical and Convenient 10 Pack box – The 10 pack is perfect for small shops like mine - easy on your shop space and easy to access and easy to keep organized. The boxes are strong and easy to stack or shelve, quick and easy to open and grab a sheet.
So… Don’t take our word for it – try one of our “Assortment Packs”. You will be sold.
You’re gonna Love this stuff ! I guarantee it !
At Jean Street Shipyard and Get-Mirka.com, We made a promise to only sell the products that we really use ourselves in our own shop. We only products that we really believe in.
If it’s not good enough for us – we wont sell it to you! Period !
Our shop is always buzzing with work on wooden boats, refitting yacht casework and interiors and all sorts of other fun, and it is a rare day that sanders of all of various sorts aren’t heard buzzing somewhere nearby. Close to every work station is an ample supply of Abranet. Yellow Mirka tools loaded with Mirka Abrasives are all over the place, often with a Yellow HEPA dust collector dragging behind at the other end of the hose.
We are sold on Abranet. It started a few decades ago, at a woodworking show, a Mirka Rep gave me a few sheets of Mirka Abranet to try. We took it back to the shop and gave it a try, and WoW!. Ever since that first day, Abranet has been our Abrasive of choice. One try is all it took. We were sold! The same will be true when you try it yourself – it’s That Much Better!
More than just the most innovative solution to controlling sanding dust, its also the finest abrasive we have ever used. The Longest lasting – the most consistent and best finish !
It would be enough to brag on the fine, super consistent scratch free sanding you get, second to none among the world of abrasives. But that’s really just scratching the surface (if you’ll pardon the pun).
For Dust collection, forget choosing the number of holes. Abranet is just that – a net, a mesh, an almost transparent screen. Every square millimeter of the Abrasive is collecting dust every second you are sanding. We even have a Mirka sander with Mirka Abranet set up in our Spray Booth for touch ups, that’s how confident we are on its dust free ability. If used with the right Mirka Pad on a quality d/a, such as the Mirka DEROS, and a good quality HEPA vacuum, such as the Mirka 1230 HEPA Vacuum, it is truly virtually dust free sanding. The shop air is dust free, and the surface of your project is dust free. It is so truly amazing – you have to try it and see it to really believe it.
Mirka Abranet was designed for use with High-End Sanders such as the Mirka DEROS, but it will work well with most any brand of sander and dust collector you have in your shop.
Dust free is great for a safe and healthy workplace, but as a side benefit, the fast extraction of dust through the unique interwoven mesh also helps to prevent “pilling”. Every tradesman, not just woodworkers, have felt the frustration of having a workpiece almost reaching perfection, just to have it suddenly get scratched by dust pilling up in the abrasive. Sooooo Frustrating! Abranet helps to make pilling and buildup a thing of the past.
Keep just a light touch (don’t push on your sander) and use Mirka Abranet and a good dust collector and the heartbreak of pilling is almost forever eliminated. The secret to sanding with a light touch is a very sharp and consistent abrasive particle – and that is Abranet described. You won’t get that from a traditional abrasive.
Another side benefit of dust-free sanding is you get to see what’s happening on the surface of your workpiece. Helps to keep you free from surprises like oversanding. At tradeshows we like to let the customers sand for a while on a piece of wood and then rub their hand across it and their hand comes up clean. You won’t get that result from a piece of paper with holes in it either.
But Abranet's amazing Dust–Free properties are not the only attractiveness. It is also an amazing abrasive. Flatter, sharper, consistent scratch free perfection. Also it is economical because it is so much Longer lasting, often 3 to 5 times as longer or more. And its washable.
It is not an “abrasive screen” – Its not like drywall sanding screen, it is a screen with a consistent sized, sharp abrasive perfectly bonded to the screen. More than meets the eye, that’s a world of difference. It produces a perfectly flat, scratch-free surface, like no other abrasive. Unlike “look-alike” products, the bond is amazing. In other “mesh” products, the bond quickly fails and soon you are sanding with just the screen. (more like scratching up your work with only the screen) Not so with Abranet. The superior bond keeps you level and scratch free for the whole life of the abrasive. It wears significantly longer then any type or brand of abrasive we have compared it to, and in 178 years in business, I can safely say we have likely tried them all.
That alone would be enough to make it the most economical abrasive out there, but it doesn’t stop there. As every woodworker knows, very often is softer wood or sappy woods or when sanding substrates that already have finish on them, the abrasives will sometimes clogs up long before it wears out. But just the same , its time to get another sheet! But with Mirka Abranet, Not so fast! It’s also washable.
With Abranet, Although designed primarily for dry sanding, we have found that with the screen construction and the waterproof properties of the bonding, we routinely take the clogged abrasive to the sink and give it a quick wash and rinse with warm water (sometimes a little spray of soap and/or a wipe or light scrub with a finger brush) and set them aside to dry. The clogging is gone, and since the abrasive itself it still sharp, we get easily two or three more uses out of every sheet. Try that with regular paper backed abrasives! A soggy mess that will be!
As a bonus, because Abranet with its sharp and consistent abrasives can be used with a lighter touch than other abrasives, equating to lower heat and you get the bonus that clogging is not as likely to happen to begin with. We find this a great benefit in our shop.
That’s why we shortened the technical description to…
”Just Plain AWSOME !”
that’s all you really need to know !
We are barraged with endless free samples of abrasives from the various manufacturers and jobbers and dealers – we give them all a try – but in the decades of using Abranet, none have changed our mind. Not even close!
Want more from the Abranet Family?
ABRANET - is an Aluminum Oxide Abrasive, probably the most common Abrasive medium in Woodworking, Marine and Automotive Industry. But if you need a little extra:
ABRANET ACE - is a the same concept as Abranet with all the same properties except that it is a Ceramic Coated – Ceramic Abrasive Medium, a little sharper and a little tougher and wear resistant then its Aluminum Oxide counterpart. But if you need something even more aggressive:
ABRANET ACE HD - Is the same concept as the original Abranet, but with a Ceramic Coated, Ceramic Abrasive Medium, bonded to a heavier Duty Mesh, and available in aggressive 40 and 60 and 80 grits.