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3M Gold Fre-Cut Sandpaper

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3M Gold Fre-Cut Sandpaper

About This Item

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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This issue of Trade Secrets is a video: Dan Erlewine demos three of his favorite finish repair tips: 1. Super glue drop fills. 2. Frank Ford's razor blade trick. 3. Strip-sanding with fingertip pressure.

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helped fix finish damage

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I used these to repair the finish on an Epiphone Explorer. Worked fine.

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The Best

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The best most important sandpaper in the shop. I use it every day. Another high quality product you can count on.
Bob Littrell
Cardona Custom Guitars

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Expensive sandpaper

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Never, ever, use cheap sandpaper from the hardware store. This 3M paper is worth it's weight in platinum by comparison. It cuts better, it lasts longer and for comparible grits leaves a smoother finish.

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Better Than I expected

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I ordered this sand paper for the finishing process of a guitar kit I am building. None of my local stores sell this product (fine grit) so I was pleased to find it at Stewart-MacDonald. I expected it to perform like sand paper that I had around the house and have used in the past. The old stuff would load up (clog) quickly causing me to discard sheet after sheet. It also wore done quickly. The 3M paper I ordered was easy to "clear" by tapping on it and the best part, is that it seems to last a lot longer. I'm extremely satisfied with my purchase and will be repeating my order.

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150 Grit staining problem

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The last batch of 150 grit I received leaves a decidedly ugly and unpleasant yellow stain on whatever you are sanding- it can be troublesome to remove from spruce ( causing me to scape off a top finish to correct.) I know this is not StewMac's fault but the supplier appears to be having some QC issues. All the other grits are great ( I use them extensively) and I have never had a similar problem with any of them.

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The best sanpaper

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It's the best sandpaper, definetely. I order it from overseas and it's the only one I use

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The VERY Best Sandpaper available

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The 3M Gold will cut/remove more, outlast, and save you time and money over any other. Don't waste your money on any other sandpaper, believe me, I have learned the hard way. Dale Latimer, Pickup/Amp Builder

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Best sandpaper around.

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I use 400 to 800 grit for dry leveling my topcoats. They don't clog and last a long time.

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Great Product

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By far the best sandpaper for working with lacquer.

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Great for finishing lighter colour wood bodies - Ash ext..

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Worked wonders when finishing an ash Strat guitar body. As the wood is light, choosing similar colour sandpapers as the wood is recommended. When burnishing with oil, fragments of sandpaper mix with the oil and sanded wood to form a slurry and fill the pores (whcih can result in a hideous mess if the sandpaper is dark and falls appart easily). I used 400 - 600 - 800 grit in Gold Fre Cut and recommend it for lighter woods. I did use small sections and could only use them once with oil, as its a struggle to get oil out of the paper, but this would be the case with all papers. Using small sections limited my sandpaper waste. Perhaps use acetone, I didn't try it though as the paper is cheap enough. After 800 grit Gold Fre Cut I moved on to 3M flexible polishing papers. I achieved great results. Pores filled very nicely, a gloss finish with a product that i was told I would only be able to achieve a satin finish with. 3M flexible polishing papers go up to 8000 grit. No Wonder I acheved a gloss! 3M Fre-Cut and 3M flexible polishing papers are a good combination in this case.

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