3M Gold Fre-Cut Sandpaper

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Our favorite papers for dry sanding. They last longer! The premium aluminum oxide abrasive cuts fast and resists clogging, for better efficiency.

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Our favorite papers for dry sanding. They last longer! The premium aluminum oxide abrasive cuts fast and resists clogging, for better efficiency.

Treated to help prevent "fisheyes" (cratering) in waterbase finishes. These papers last longer—we use them in our own shops.

Sold individually in 9" x 11" (23cm x 28cm) sheets.

These papers are graded on the "P-scale," indicating a truly uniform cutting surface (read about abrasive grading scales in our Finishing Step-by-Step book).

Here's how we use these abrasives in our own instrument shops:
"After spraying the build coats on my guitar finishes, I sand with 320 grit Fre-Cut, then spray and sand again. Then I move on to 400, 600, and 800 grit. Don't skip grits! Using all the grits makes the work easier for each sheet, and they last a lot longer."
Todd Sams, StewMac Production Manager and builder of Sams guitars

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3M Gold Fre-Cut Sandpaper

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Tough to beat

By tb from Portland OR
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 25, 2011

Inexpensive sand paper is usually cheap, but you need to use a lot more and it leaves residue on your projects. This paper is long lasting, cuts well, and worth every cent. Level sanded an entire body with less than a sheet. Don't waste time - pickup a few sheets and be ready for your next project.

good paper and doesn't clog  easy

By Billy C from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 18, 2011

Its 3m what else can i say? 3m is always a good name brand. It lives up to its reputation.

Love it!

By Deane M from Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 22, 2011

To go from regular hardware store sand paper to this is shocking to say the least! Not having to work around the gouges and irregularities caused by bad sandpaper when doing finishing and fretboards is a real time and stress saver! The only comment I have on it is that the 150 grit does leave a yellow dust when you sand so if you sand a nut or something expect to move up the grit scale or have a yellow looking nut.

as good as it gets

By Bryce Didericksen from kansas city, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 08, 2011

great stuff. doesn't get any better. someone else stated that the 150 leaves residue, but that comes off if you just blow it off and use a finer grit after.

Farewell to wet sanding

By David Yelverton from Felixstowe, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The title says it all! This paper is marvellous; it cuts fast, doesn't clog, and provided you stop to dust off the work, leaves little in the way of sanding marks. Economical too! - I used 1/4 of a sheet to rub down a whole guitar. Just wish this paper was available in the lower grits in the UK!

Best Sandpaper around

By Brian T. from Syracuse, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 10, 2011

I've tried several papers, including one that the rep said beat anything that 3M made, and this one is tops. It clogs less, lasts longer, and cuts smoother than any other paper. It's worth the price for a project that needs the best, but I use slightly lower grade paper for other projects where the item won't be under massive scrutiny.

Excellent Product

By WayneB from Lutherville,MD
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 08, 2011

This was my first time working on a guitar finish and this sandpaper worked exactly like I thought it would.

The ones to use

By Metamatic from Malmoe, Sweden
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 30, 2011

Although the 150 grit discolor white wood (maple) and actually leaves a yellow powder the 3M Gold Fre-Cut is a great sanding paper. I use every grade except for the 150 grit because of the discoloring. The others does not do that.


By james147 from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Possibly the best sandpaper I've used. It doesn't clog easily, and puts a nice uniform surface on the instrument. Highly recommended


By guiter hero from ma
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 07, 2010

Was good for me and my class

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