A Silicone Carbide abrasive on a porous and flexible knitted fabric and then bonded to a foam backed Hook n Loop Pad. This unique process allows the abrasive to conform to contours while letting water and air to pass through freely. Abralon can be used dry, but is the perfect solution for wet sanding and polishing.
Loved by those who work on finished wood, raw or finished metals, fiberglass and gelcoats, plastics and composites, and of course solid surface. Abralon is effective with flat surfaces and with profiled surfaces.
The 6.5mm of foam Holds the perfect amount of water or lubricant and slowly and evenly dispenses it through the porous abrasive face for just the right combo of cutting and lubricating. Abralon gives you superior wet sanding without the mess of slinging water or lubricant all around. Abralon allows you to find the perfect ratio of lubricant for cool, smooth, and yet still time-efficient polishing.
Abralon is a very slow-cutting but it is a consistently even-cutting Abrasive designed and made for those who need perfection in a polished finish.
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- Hook and Loop
- 6.5 mm Foam backing
- Flexible and porous silicone carbide abrasive face
- not for leveling, but perfect for work that is already level and flat
- Ideal for fine work on inside and outside curves or irregular surfaces
- Much Longer Life Than Conventional Wet Abrasives while performing way better.
- Can be washed and reused several times for even more cost savings
- Longer Life Equals Cost Savings
- Used for Wet Sanding, Finishing and Polishing by Machine or by Hand
- Works best slightly wet, but lower grits can be used dry when desired
- Perfect for Post Finish work in Woodworking, Auto Refinishing, and Paint
- Ideal for Oxidation Removal on Fiberglass in the Marine Industry
- The foam backing keeps surface pressure of the abrasive even
- Prevents Over-sanding
- Works Nice on rounded surfaces, corners and sharp edges
- Unique flexibility makes it perfect for profiled surfaces with minimal pressure marks
- Open cell foam structure Holds water or solvent making for a cleaner work environment as it keeps water in during sanding keeping the abrasive wet without slinging the water out
- Keeps surface clean, lubricated and cool
- The foam backing and flexible abrasive promote even surface pressure eliminating oversanding and helps prevent fingermarks and those heart-breaking half-moons
- Safer for corners and sharp edges and even on sharp inside corners
- Safe for hand sanding – foam backing guards against finger marks and troughs
- Ideal for fine post finish polishing work with grits up to 4000
- The needed match for polishing and controlling refraction on Corion, and LG hi-macs and other solid surface and composite surface.
- Also ideal for Lacqures and Gel-Coat and for the super polish of Urethanes and Clearcoats
Abralon is not ideal for leveling or denibbing. Your surface should be leveles and flat first before you break out the Abralon. Use an abrasive product such as Abranet to get it level, and then you should de-nib first with a film backed product such as Microstar. Wipe it all down with a micro-fiber cloth and get ready to be impressed.
Because Abralon is a slow cutting product, it is good to drop down a grit or two after flattening or denibbing to better deal with any sanding marks or tails left by the prior abrasives. For instance if you finished your rough work in 1000 abranet, drop back to a 500 Abralon, and work your way back to 1000 and then beyond to 3000 or 4000.
If you used a 1000 or 1200 grit film abrasive such as Microstar to denib or level (for instance leveling of orange peel) then wipe it all down with a micro-fiber cloth, drop back down to a 600 Abralon, then 800, then back to 1000, and then work your way back up to the desired polish.
For spot repairs, such as dust nibs, prep area first with a spot repair sander and Polarstar SR, wipe clean, then level one time with 1000 or 1200 Microstar, clean again with a microfiber cloth, and then go back down to a 600 Abralon, then 800, 1000,2000, Abralon and work your way back to your desired gloss such as 4000 Abralon
A similar process works Great for Gelcoat oxidation, especially in the marine environment. Use 1000 Abranet with a foam interface pad to remove the worst of the oxidation. (In extreme cases we use 800 or even 600 Abranet, working back up to 1000 Abranet – but practice first, its easy to cut too far). Once the oxidation is sanded with 1000 Abranet on a foam interface pad, drop back to 500 Abralon and work your way back up to 600, then 1000, then 2000 and then 4000 and then compound. (It is important to use the interface pad on the Abranet to prevent overcutting the gelcoat – go slow). On heavily contoured or profiled boats we often use the interface pad with the Abralon as well, or if it is a small area with a close contour, we us a 3 inch d/a.
To set the refraction (control the gloss) of solid surface such as Corion or LG Hi-macs, level and shape first with Abranet. work your way up to 1000 Abranet, and then a final leveling with a film backed abrasive such as 1200 microstar. Next go all the way back to a 360 Abralon (slightly wet of course) and work your way grit by grit all the way up to 4000 Abralon. Best not to skip any grits. Once you have an even shine, Then next, work your way back down grit by grit with courser and courser Abralon, working down grit by grit until you achieve the desired refraction of satin or mat finish that you or your customer desires. This seemingly longer process will guarantee a perfectly consistent refraction and reflection throughout your entire work-piece. It’s so perfect its worth the effort.
A similar process also works well on urethane and clear-coat, and many varnishes and poly finishes, where a mat or satin finish is desired. Using this method to control refraction will not muddy up or compromise the “Pop” of your finish like spraying or finishing with a pre-made satin or mat. This process will is certainly way better and more exact than frustrating chemical flattening agents. Spray or brush only with clear, and then use Abralon to set and control the refraction. Its an amazingly better way to achieve the satin, mat or dulled refraction you are craving and it will put your work in a whole other league above your competition. Its that much better! I promise!
On sharp inside corners of finished woodwork or casework, and for sharp inside corners on solid surface, we will often put a 6 inch Abralon disk on a d/a with a 5 inch backing pad, with the extra ½ inch of pad hanging free. Set your d/a to a lower speed. (5000-8000). Let the extra half inch of pad flop around in the corner for a consistent luster and finish. For rounded inside corners, we will sometimes go as far as putting a 5 or 6 inch Abralon disk on a 3 inch d/a. The result is a nicely polished corner without the risk of damaging your corner. A flexible edge backing pad is even one step better, or alternatively use an interface pad really conforms nice with the flexibility of Abralon.
Abralon can be lubricated with your favorite lubricant. We usually just use water and we prefer to spray it right onto the pad instead of onto the workpiece. We use primarily water, in some circumstances we use Windex and sometimes we lubricate with Polorshine polishing compound (or other water based polishing compounds). When using Polarshine as a lubricant, still spray the Abralon with a small mist of water for the perfect lubricating/cutting ratio. It’s a new world of time-efficient polishing.
When polishing out a mirror shine on raw steel (such as the top of your table saw or shaper) we use Windex as a lubricant instead of water because of its quicker and more complete and even drying. That process helps prevent against rust in the crevices or small rust spots before you get the surface waxed. Windex is naturally slicker than water so it doesn’t make much for the perfect mix.
Only add enough water to dampen your abrasive. Too much lubricant and the Abralon will stop cutting or will cut way too slow. You will be there all day and make a big mess while you are at it. Spray or spritz on just enough that it doesn’t sling out of the pad is a good rule of thumb. A little practice and you will find the ideal amount of water or lubricant for a perfect finish on a time efficient schedule.
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