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      13.06.2013 16:57
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      Pretty pleased!

      I use sandpaper every day in my work and find it really important to have sandpaper which is of good quality. I normally buy it from B&Q and spend more money than I did when I bought this. One day I had ran out and so whilst I was in Tesco I bought a pack of this. I was a bit dubious with it being value but thought it would be worth trying as it was only 60p for 10 sheets. I spent £3 for just 3 sheets in B&Q so this was a huge saving.

      My business is making wooden decorations and so I need to use sandpaper for two purposes; one to smooth down any rough edges on the wood and two to make sure that the paint is smooth. Sometimes paint leaves brush strokes or tiny bobbles and by using sandpaper I can get rid of these and make the finish as smooth as possible so when buying sandpaper I need both really coarse, hard paper and also the finer sandpaper too. This particular sandpaper is coarse and this is best for me for when sanding down edges of products.

      It comes in a pack of 10 sheets and I only need to use a small amount at a time so I can get into little corners and things so I just rip some off the sheet and use it as I require. It's easy enough to rip it off, sometimes it is a little uncomfortable to do as leaning on the sand can be a bit rough but usually it comes off without having to apply much pressure.

      Sanding with this is just as good as any other brand I have used before, the only difference is that this is not quite as long-lasting. With other brands I have used the same piece for longer but this one soon wears down and is not longer coarse enough to make much progress. It isn't excessively different, just a little and it still works perfectly fine there just isn't quite as much life in it as there are in others.

      It removes bits of wood as I would hope it to and because it's coarse and rough I don't need to apply very much pressure or keep going over and over the same part. Because it's on a sheet I can use as much as I like and it's fairly easy to shape too so sometimes I bend it over so I have two sides with grain on so I can work on two edges at a time and this is easy enough to do, sometimes it is difficult to fold or it begins to crack but this one is fine.

      I will still use this sandpaper because it does work and is great value for money. For my fine sandpaper I will stick to a better quality brand as it really has to be very good quality but I am glad I used this and will definitely be sticking to it as I don't see the point in using something which is so much more expensive when it does the same job.

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      07.01.2013 22:40
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      Not Good Quality But Very Cheap

      When it comes to doing any form of decorating, the one job I absolutely detest is sanding. Recently we were decorating the living room and so were going to give all the paintwork a fresh lick of nice white paint, this of course meant that the old paint would have to be sanded. This is for me is the worst job in the world, getting down on hands and knees and rubbing away at yards of skirting board is not fun.

      To do the job we had bought some Tesco Value Sandpaper. The simple reason was that it was dirt cheap. We picked up 10 sheets for something like £1. The pack had an assortment of different grades of paper, coarse, medium and fine. So this seemed like a fairly obvious thing to buy and given it was so cheap, we thought it would be worth getting.

      So on a rainy Wednesday there I was on my aching knees sanding away in a blizzard of dust and funny tasting air. So how does the sandpaper rate? Well I suppose you rate it one how well it sands and how long it lasts. Well the Tesco sandpaper does the job fairly well, it gets the paint off and leaves you with a nice surface ready for fresh paint. However, there is a problem. The sheets of sandpaper are very thin and soon as you start to put any real effort it they start to rip.

      After only a few minutes of sanding, another issue comes up, they wear out very fast indeed. So although ten sheets of sandpaper sounds like a lot, you get through them very quickly. The fine paper was not much us either, for finishing of a detailed job it may have been useful, but for what I wanted it for it was useless.

      So really that meant I could only use the coarse and medium papers. A few hours in and I had given up, the paper was worn out, it ripped a lot of the time and I kept having to replace the piece I was using. Later that day I headed to B&Q and broke the bank on some proper sandpaper, the difference was immense. One sheet did the job that five of the Tesco Value range had done. I got the job done a lot quicker and a lot better.

      So in conclusion I can honestly say I'm not a fan of the cheap and cheerful stuff. If you want to buy a cheap pack for emergencies then this is fine, the stuff probably would come in handy and at less than 10p a sheet you really can't complain about price. However, if you are doing some serious decorating and want to do any kind of a decent job, splash the cash and get some proper sandpaper.

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        08.08.2012 16:19
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        A fantastic packet of sandpaper from Tesco.

        Recently we have had to have some work done in our home and this has meant that some pipework in our kitchen has been replaced. When the workmen replaced the pipework they filled in some gaps around it with filler and then kindly left us to sand it down and touch up the paintwork in our kitchen. This annoyed me no end but as I was given £75 towards re-decoration costs I figured the cheaper I could do it the better. As we already owned the paint all I had to shell out for was some sandpaper for sanding the walls and this Tesco value sandpaper caught my eye at just under £1.00.

        For my money I got 10 sheets of various grades of sandpaper with fine, medium and coarse within the packet. On the back of each piece of sandpaper it states the coarseness and so it has been easy to distinguish which piece is the one for the job. I initially used the coarsest sandpaper for a few gentle rubs and then I moved on to the medium to finish off the job and get rid of any small bumps of filler. It took just a few minutes to complete the sanding and then I was able to give the wall a gentle brush down with a hard brush and then set to wiping it over, leaving to dry and then touching up with paint.

        Each piece of sandpaper is rectangle and the dimensions are 27.5cm x 22.5cm (length x width) meaning I was able to cut some pieces in half and then fold them over to get in to the smaller gaps. This meant that the sandpaper went a long way and I still have 8 pieces left for other jobs around my home.

        Overall I have been very pleased with this sandpaper. I was able to sand the wall myself before touching up the paintwork and impressing my husband when he came home from work one evening. The filler was sanded down well with a light dust coming down rather than huge chunks of filler just falling off and going everywhere. I was gentle when using this sandpaper and felt that the difference between medium and coarse was noticeable enough that it did make a difference and starting with the coarse sandpaper meant that the harder lumps and bumps were sanded down. The medium was then ideal for finishing the job and I didn't actually need to use the fine just because the finish didn't need to be perfect but it was quite close using the medium anyway.

        After the job I completed I discarded both pieces of sandpaper just because they were quite worn down. I was pleased with how long each piece lasted and a little goes a long way with this sandpaper as I could cut each piece in to several smaller pieces that were the perfect size to work with. I only needed this sandpaper for a small job so was very pleased to pay under £1.00 (98p I think) for it. I wouldn't definitely say that this sandpaper is ideal for all sanding needs. I am going to give this 5 out of 5 stars as I think its great and I will definitely continue to using this again when I need it in the future.

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          08.07.2012 02:06
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          Very cheap sandpaper for light DIY

          WHAT IS IT?

          A pack of sandpaper sheets from the Tesco Value range of homewares. The pack costs under £1 and for that you'll receive 10 square sheets of sandpaper of varying strengths to ensure this is all you need for your household DIY.

          IS IT ANY GOOD?

          For the cost this is a good buy as long as you only need the sandpaper for light tasks as even the most scratchy one is not as effective as the more expensive sandpapers that my husband buys. We are using sandpaper currently to sand down an antique cot we have bought for my month old daughter so we can refurbish it to our taste.

          There isn't too much difference between the strengths and none of them are as effective as the sandpaper sheets my husband buys but these are very cheap so if I have to use all ten sheets it's still as cost effective as buying the more costly versions.

          The sheets are quite durable but are very thin so not comfortable to hold if sanding for long periods of time. They are too fragile to be used with electrical sanders, I tried to attach one of the sheets to a sander and it lost all effectiveness within one minute of continual sanding and the folded edges started to tear. I have been using the Tesco Value sandpaper to sand down some curved carved edges on the bars of the cot and they are perfect for this job, better than the bulkier expensive sandpaper we have in the shed. It was effective when I used longer motions to sand down the long edges of the cot but wore down quicker than I expected.

          5 Dooyoo Stars.

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          06.07.2012 09:32
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          Another great value product from Tesco!

          With a fair bit of home decorating going on at the minute in our house, I recently ran out of sandpaper and needed more supplies. With little time to head out to the D.I.Y store, I instead stumbled across this batch sitting on the shelves of my local Tesco. Priced at under £1, I wasn't sure how good it was going to be but it had to be better thasn nothing and I wasn't exactly going to waste a lot of money if it was rubbish was I?

          I am pleased to say however that what you get for your money is actually very good. The sheets are slighter smaller in size than the paper I normally would use but that was not really a problem and instead only a minor inconvenience that I quickly got over. There is a nice selection here ranging from a fine sandpaper through to a medium grade and finally finishing on a coarse grade that is proper heavy duty. It certainly did the job and wasn't anywhere near as cheap, flimsy or inferior as you migt expect from the price and the fact that it is part of the Tesco Everyday Value range, as it has been recently re-launched.

          Proper hard-core D.I.Yers might be able to poiint out more flaws but for the amateur enthusiast or someone who just has a few fiddly little sanding jobs to do then this is ideal! It works just as effectively and as well as any of the more expensive brands and really in this current economic climate, why WOULD you want to pay any more when this does just as well?

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          27.06.2012 11:43
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          Highy recommended

          I bought a house in November last year, it was totally gutted and needed everything doing to it. So I've been doing a LOT of DIY. We've bought some more expensive tools but some basic ones too, and personally I don't think you need to spend a fortune on sandpaper. I mean - I don't know about you, but I throw it away after I've used it!

          **Price and Availability**

          Tesco Value Sandpaper is available exclusively in Tesco stores, particularly the bigger ones with DIY / homeware sections. It's priced 59p for 10 sheets which is excellent value, given that it costs £1 in the pound shop for the same amount.

          **Packaging**

          As with most Tesco Value items the sandpaper is in a white card package with a red stripe around it and a blue Tesco Value logo. I've been advised that the Tesco Value brand is being slowly replaced with an Everyday brand, so this packaging may change in the future.

          It states '10 sheets assorted grades' so you know what you're getting.

          **The Sandpaper Types, and in Use**

          You get 10 sheets as expected, amazing value for 59p. It comes in three grades -

          Fine - for final sandings on wood, or for sanding softer materials such as plaster (my husband used it to smooth the joins in the filler between coving, prior to painting, for example). It gives a soft finish and is ideal to use before you paint or stain something.

          Medium - for most tasks, this takes off sharp edges, smooths lumps in old paint, gets to work on light rust, and gets rid of splinters on woodwork. An all rounder.

          Coarse - this is for very heavy rust, stubborn lumps and bumps and works well for priming woodwork (I used it for taking the top off old gloss paint so I could paint over it before peeling).

          The sandpaper feels decent quality, possibly slightly thinner than some brands I have used, but certainly not 'cheap' or inferior. It folds well, and there isn't too much sand loss when sanding with it. I'd say it gives good results, and is just as effective as pricier branded sandpaper.

          **Recommend?**

          Absolutely. I've since purchased more Tesco Value Sandpaper, and recommended it to friends and family who have moved house or have DIY projects. I can't see the point in paying more for something when the value version works as well, and as I've said, I tend to throw away sandpaper once I've finished a job and start with a new sheet when I start a new job.

          For the money you really can't complain - this works out at just under 6p a sheet and for that it's worth every penny and more. Highly recommended.

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          24.06.2012 21:02
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          Great stuff

          I always buy Tesco's own brand sandpaper as, in my opinion, it's as good, if not better even, than some of the more expensive names brands I have bought in the past. Over last weekend and this weekend I have been using Tesco's sandpaper a fair bit as I have recently been painting all our internal doors. Before painting, I sand them down for a better finish.

          As far as price is concerned, I can pick up ten sheets of this quality paper from my Tesco Extra Store for only 59p. The individual sheets are a good size and measure approximately 20cm x 20cm and to my mind, this is a great bargain when you consider how much it can cost. What I like about Tesco's sandpaper is that the sheets are not all the same. They are clearly marked out on the back of the sheet how coarse the papers are - i.e. heavy duty, medium or fine. So you can pick and choose according which DIY job you are about to embark upon.

          Though this sandpaper is possibly slightly thinner than some sheets I have bought, it is nevertheless, a very good quality paper, and if used correctly, it will last a long time and you can get some considerable use out of just one single sheet. One sheet will allow me to sand down two doors (both sides), so a little goes a long way.

          It's remarkably strong when you consider how cheap it is and the fact that it looks on the thin side. There is a knack to not allowing it to tear by slightly wrapping it around my hand, and I also managed to sand down all the skirting boards in the dining room and living room, allowing me to apply a coat of gloss paint. It effectively rubs off all the little bumps and lumps and makes the doors have a good 'grip' for receiving the paint afterwards.

          I am impressed with Tesco's sandpaper and as I say, this is not the first or the last time I have bought it. It is cheap but works very well when you consider the price and I can thoroughly recommend it.

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          23.06.2012 13:18
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          Recommended for light home DIY.

          I have used Tesco Value Sandpaper on a number of occasions when we have been preparing wood for painting. I wasn't actually aware that there were different types of sandpaper as when I've used it in the past I have just picked up a sheet and thought that that was really all there was to it. However, it was the fact that Tesco sold assorted sandpapers in one pack that actually alerted me to the fact that there were different grades of sandpaper and that this should be taken into account when purchasing. A ten sheet pack of assorted sandpaper currently costs 96p from Tesco - which equates to almost 10p per sheet. I actually think this is very good value and is certainly less than I have paid in the past using other manufacturers.

          Each packet contains ten sheets of sandpaper and has three different types of sandpaper, ranging from fine through to course. There are two sheets of the fine paper and then four sheets each of the medium grade and rough grade paper. It is handy that the grade of the sandpaper is written on the back of each sheet. Each sheet is a decent size, measuring 20 cm x 20 cm and so it is a good sized square to work with - and obviously you can cut this smaller if you so wish. I generally will cut it into half and work with the card in this way - but I think this is a matter of personal preference.

          I personally find the finest paper a little useless and I haven't really found that it does anything for me and so these are the bits that tend to get left in the packet and thrown away. The other two grades are much more useful and will contribute to sanding down something nicely. The only thing I would comment on is that the paper is thinner than other brands I have used and so if I was doing something that required a little more industrial strength sandpaper then I really don't think this would do - but for my little bit of DIY it is just fine.

          I would recommend this sandpaper for anyone doing a little wood restoration through the house. I think it does have some limitations in terms of quality, but for my purposes it is good stuff.

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          22.06.2012 10:30
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          OK for small projects

          ==Overview==

          I had an old kitchen cupboard I needed to sand down and paint which was to become a new stand for our TV (and very nice it looks too) so I needed some sand paper in the first instance to help me sand this down. Our large Tesco has a little DIY section within it so when I saw this for 96p for 10 sheets, I decided even if I used all ten sheets on the cupboard it would be good value.

          ==What you get==

          You get ten sheets of assorted sand paper. Each sheet is 22.5cm x 27.5cm which is approximately the size of an A4 sheet. I had to cut them down to fit my sanding block and they cut very easily without too much effort at all. So I basically got two lots of sand paper per sheet (as my block is about half the size of the sheet...are you keeping up?!). The pack is assorted from coarse, medium and fine grained. I also had to buy some additional wet/dry sandpaper from Homebase to get the surface really smooth at the end as I found the fine grain just didn't cut the mustard.

          ==Value for money==

          It is arguably excellent value for money but I did find each sheet ran out fairly quickly. The "sand" came off the paper after a few minutes so I kept having to stop to insert a new piece of paper into my sanding block. When it worked, it worked well but it just didn't last very long. The coarse grade was probably the worst for the sand coming off quickly and the fine grade wasn't smooth enough for what I wanted. The medium grade was probably the best but even that didn't last very long. Needless to say the 96p per pack didn't cover the entire cupboard (which wasn't huge) so I ended up cutting my losses and heading to Homebase as I was fed up of constantly changing the paper over.

          ==Overall==

          I imagine if you needed sandpaper for a small job this would be useful and I would buy it again, purely for the cost of it (it would also be good for kids craft projects where they make picture using different textures). However, to do a professional job and in order to keep going at a reasonable pace, I do not recommend this pack of sandpaper despite its cheap cost.

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          21.06.2012 13:45
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          I'd buy better for a big job but this does the small jobs well

          I like to make jewellery and recently bought a new beading loom which is a new product on the market and still has a few teething problems, I found that the dowl piece didn;t quite fit into the holes they were meant to fit and therefore I decided to try and sand them down a little rather than having to send the whole thing back.


          I bought some sandpaper from tesco and decided just to buy the value one as I wasn't sure if it was going to work anyway and I felt that this one should be adequate for the job. The paper cost me just under £1 and there are 10 sheets in the pack of differing types, fine, medium and course. each sheets of the sandpaper is 22.5 x 27.5cms and I thin the pack is really good value for what you get.


          I used the medium paper and found it was easy enough to use and pretty comfortable to hold, the roughness does seem to wear pretty quickly on the sheets and then the sheets rip easily so if I was doing a large job I would probably buy a more durable one.


          The job I used this for was only small and it worked well and left the dowel pieces smooth, I have tried using it on a table I want to sand but it doesn't seem to leave a very smooth surface and when I come to do the full table I will be buying a stringer one.


          I would recommend this paper for small jobs, the price is great and it does small jobs well, I would say for larger jobs you need stringer paper as it does wear and rip quite quickly so for a large job you would go through too many sheets.

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          19.06.2012 00:01
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          A good cheap sandpaper that comes in at less than 10p a sheet.

          Sandpaper is sandpaper and if ever there was a product that one could buy as a 'value' item then this in my mind has got to be it. In our house sandpaper has several uses. Firstly it's got the regular DIY around the house use. Secondly, my husband likes to keep a variety of grades of sandpaper in his work bag for if he's called on to do a job that requires it for someone else (he runs a business building fitted furniture for others and also doing maintenance work for several local landlords). The third use is mine. I have a bit of a love for unusual hobbies and flit from thing to thing. Amongst my 'on the go projects' at the moment is a dolls house I'm doing up, and a couple of small coffee tables I've been sanding back and refinishing including decoupage to the tops.

          Obviously in both of these hobbies I've had the need for sand paper, and I have to say I've found that this Tesco value stuff has answered quite nicely.

          The Tesco Value Sandpaper (it's probably been re-branded as Tesco Everyday Value now, but last time I bought it, it was still just Value), is pretty darn cheap. I paid 76p for mine, but on the website at the moment it seems to have gone up to 96p which is quite a steep price increase.

          Each of the sheets is 27.5cm x 22.5cm and I'd say it's of average thickness for sandpaper. I can fold and tear it easily enough to divide a sheet into easy to handle portions, but its firm enough to hold together reasonably well while in use.

          You get a selection of different grades in the pack - two of them fine (P100), four medium (P80) and four course (P60) and it's easy enough to tell which is which by rubbing your finger across the front - or looking on the back at the info printed there if you prefer.

          The course paper obviously is better for jobs that need a stronger action - in my case, I've used the coarser paper for removing the varnished finish from one of the tables I've been working on. It does the job well, but doesn't leave a particularly smooth finish. A quick buff with the medium and then the fine brings the wood to where I want it ready for whatever finish I put on there.

          The fine paper is the one I also use for the dolls house work I do. Mostly it's silly little bits so I tear the paper into sixths or even eighths. Some of the things that require a brief sanding are things like skirting boards when cut to fit, and the same for coving. I find by sanding them lightly at the cut edges they have a better finish and fit together more closely. I actually have one other use for the sandpaper that's not of the normal kind but is dolls house related, and that is that I intend to use it for the floor of a parrot cage I've just bought for the previous house I built. (This current one is going to be a pub so not likely to require a parrot lol).

          Most of the heftier work on the tables I do with the sandpaper wrapped around a small block of wood - it's easier to hold and helps you get a flatter finish too. For internal corners the corner of the block works quite nicely and for any finer work I have to use the paper alone which can get a tad fiddly, or go over to using a different tool and technique. I know I could probably do the job in much less time if I used a belt sander or other sanding tool, but I don't think I'd find the work as satisfying to be honest so for me this is preferable.

          Overall, I'd say this is a reasonable purchase as long as you don't mind a mix of grades in your sandpaper. If the job your doing will require all course or all fine, then you may perhaps need to look elsewhere to get the best deal.

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          18.06.2012 23:06
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          very cheap paper

          Sandpaper is something that comes in useful when taking on those little DIY tasks. Unfortunately unlike most modern 'tools' this still requires quite a lot of elbow grease! Before painting wooden things it is advisable to use sandpaper in order to take off some of the older paint and get a neater smoother finish. I last bought some of this sandpaper before painting my wooden doors and skirting board with gloss paint.

          ==Price and availability==

          The cost of this sandpaper is very cheap and it is priced at around 59p for 10 sheets and you get some different graded paper. Tesco's now have a little DIY and paint section with a few useful essentials that you can pick up on your weekly shop.

          ==Description==

          The sheets are all 20 cm by 20 cm which is plenty big enough to work with. The paper is quite thin and does tear quite easily so you get through a packet fairly quickly. The paper works best if you wrap it around a square block and use that to push against and sand away. You can angle the block into the corners of the skirting board to make sure you get all the old paint off.
          There are different graded papers in the packet, 4 course, 4 medium and 2 fine. You can tell which is which and they are printed with the grade on the back.

          ==My experiences==

          The course paper is the first port of call and best for sanding down large areas quickly but it does leave the surfaces rougher than if you sanded with the fine paper. The fine paper is good for smoothing down surfaces afterwards and removing any sharp bits or bumps. It makes the wood so smooth you can run your fingers against it without feeling anything rough.

          When I first brought the paper I wrapped the block up in the course paper and got to work, after around a meter of sanding the skirting board, the corner of the paper split and I had to re-wrap the paper. The 'sand' does not last very long and soon gets rubbed off so the paper is exposed which then splits and ruins big sections of the paper.

          I guess this is normal for cheap sandpaper and you just need to take more care with it. I refuse to pay more than a pound for sandpaper though and despite my issues with it, I will probably buy it again for the value. You just need to be less rough with it and keep checking the paper before it splits.

          I would prefer it if the papers were all course and then if you wanted fine you could buy these in a separate packet. I hate mixtures as you always get left with the one you do not want!

          ==Overall==

          Great value, so yes I would buy it again.

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          16.06.2012 10:43
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          A great bargain which performs very well

          It was actually my Dad that recommended this product to me, after he first came to view my new house a few months ago, and we were discussing a couple of minor DIY jobs that needed doing.
          It soon became clear that I would need to do quite a few sanding down jobs, namely on my door step, and a couple of the window sills, and my dad told me that Tesco sell cheap sandpaper that is pretty good quality stuff.

          Sure enough I went on-line, and ordered a pack of Tesco Value assorted sandpaper, priced at just 96p for a pack of 10 large pieces of various grade sandpaper.

          The sandpaper came in a basic cardboard pack, and I was pleased with it on my first impression, as the sandpaper looked of a good quality, and so I soon got to work with it.

          The pieces of sandpaper were a variety of fine grade, medium grade, and coarse grade, and each piece states the grade of the paper of the reverse side, although it is fairly obvious from the look and feel of the sandpaper which type is which.
          Each rectangular piece of sandpaper has dimensions of 275mm length X 225mm width, which is a pretty standard size, and more than suitable for the couple of small sanding jobs that I needed it for.

          As I suspected my dad (who is a bit of a DIY expert) was totally correct in his recommendation for these sanding sheets from Tesco. They performed really well, staying together during the sanding process, with no splitting, or falling apart during the vigorous rubbing procedure. I used a coarse piece to attack my flaking doorstep, and it removed all the old paint really well, and then I used a fine piece to get a nice smooth finish, and followed that up with a couple of coats of gloss, and the door step now look really good.

          The sandpaper lasted quite well, but as it eventually got clogged up with bits of old paint and wood, I simply folded the paper over, and started again on a new patch. In the past with other pieces of sandpaper, when I have folded them over they have broken in half, but these held together very well.

          For the price of just 96p this little pack has served me very well, and I still have about 3 or 4 sheets left for future jobs. I'm sure there might be better sandpaper available for a more premium price, but for the odd little job around the house this is ideal in my opinion.
          A quick search on B&Q website, has just shown me what a bargain this was, as they sell their sandpaper at £2:98 for a pack of 4 (same sized) sheets!!

          Overall this is decent enough sandpaper for most simple jobs around the home, and it comes at a real bargain of a price!


          Thanks for reading.


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            13.06.2012 19:37
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            For the price on 59p (now 96p) for 10 sheets, you can't go wrong

            Doing various DIY and decorating jobs around the house, I'm always using various bits of sandpaper to rub this, that and whatever down. Sometimes I need a course paper to remove a lot of material quickly, other times I need a finer paper to finish things off to a smooth finish. But I do begrudge having to spend a small fortune on multi packs of various grades of sand paper when I have purchased them from the likes of B&Q or Homebase. Hence, when I was shopping in Tesco and saw this Tesco Value Sandpaper 10 pack of various grades for only 59p, I thought it was at least worth a try, and hence, purchased a pack. However, I note recently that the price has risen to a heady 96p - still a dam sight cheaper than the few pounds that I was paying from the main stream DIY stores.

            In my experience, Tesco Value products can be a bit hit and miss, but you never know until you at least have a try, and to be honest, buying 10 sheets of sandpaper for 56p compared to a few pounds that I was paying before, I wasn't really expecting much in terms of quality or durability of the paper.

            The pack itself comes with a total of 10 sanding sheets, giving you a mixture of course, medium and fine grades of sanding paper. For the exact technical specifications, you get 4 sheets of the P60 grade (coarse), 4 sheets of the P80 grade (medium) and 2 sheets of the P100 grade (fine). Obviously course is for rough working to remove a lot of material quickly, working down to the fine grade which is more for smoothing the surface down ready for painting etc.

            The sheets themselves are a little smaller, at 21cm square, than the more expensive sanding sheets that I have previously used from B&Q, which may account for the cheaper cost. However, I can still cut a sheet down and get it to fit comfortably in my electric sander for when I want to sand down large surfaces for decorating or painting. When used in this mode, it does seem to last well and doesn't easily break apart at the cresses around the sanding pad.

            The other real testing time that I find for sandpaper is when you use it to sand something down by hand, that is to say, you fold a bit over and press it on to a surface with your fingers to rub it back and forth. In the past, I have used value sandpaper from the likes of Poundland, and found that their paper very quickly loses the grit and falls apart when used in this manner. But this Tesco version doesn't appear to suffer that same fate. The paper itself doesn't actually feel any thinner than the more expensive brands of paper, and when I've used it to rub down by hand, the grit appears to have lasted well, still giving me a good rough sandpaper surface for quite a while of operation.

            I've now been using these Tesco Value sheets for quite a while now for many different and varied projects, from simple decorating around the house and rubbing down walls, to more intricate work rubbing down spindled dining room chairs etc and managing to get in to the various creases and recesses around the wooden patterns. In every case, this sandpaper has performed consistently well and never really let me down.

            In summary, for the cost I was previously paying for a 10 pack of sandpaper, I could get almost 5 packs of this 59p Tesco Value Sandpaper, giving me 50 sheets in total. But the beauty is that this Tesco Value version is rather good quality and quite durable. So for the price and the quality, I am now sort of hooked on using this paper rather than my previous expensive versions from the main stream DIY stores. Hence, for me, Tesco Value Sandpaper comes with a 5 star recommendation.

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              09.04.2012 10:58
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              We have been doing quite a bit in our garden lately and the latest thing to do was the wooden decking over the path. We had bought all the wood to do it but then after we had left B&Q I realised we didn't have any sand paper left at home just in case the bits of wood needed cutting and left sharp edges. We were just about to go in Tesco to pick up a few bits for lunch so while we were in there we had a look at their little bit where they have some decorating supplies and found this packet of Value Sandpaper.


              The packet was priced up at 59p which we thought was a good price so we bought a packet and went home to get on with the decking.


              The sandpaper came in different grades which was quite helpful. There were 4 sheets of p60 which is the coursest of the papers. The grains of sand on it are quite large and you can feel it is rough and bumpy when you run your finger across it. This is the main one we wanted to use for rubbing down the edges of the wood after we had cut them with the jig saw. There were also 4 sheets of P80 which is a bit finer, the sand on the paper is smaller pieces. You would use this one to rub down the wood or even for rubbing down a wall after taking off the wallpaper. The other sheets that came in the pack were 2 sheets of P100 which are very fine. The sand on these feels really smooth and you would use these to rub down between paint jobs.


              We had a block of wood which we keep by for using as a sanding block. It is just a piece of 2 x 1 wood cut off about 3 inches long. I tore a sheet of the course paper in half and then wrapped it around the piece of wood. This gives you a better hold over the paper and means you are not rubbing your fingers. Also the flat side of the wood gives you a better sand as it covers a bigger area than just using your fingers.


              The sandpaper did the job fine, it lasted quite well, as long as I would expect a piece of sand paper to last and didn't tear up as much as I was expecting it to seeing as it was so cheap to buy.


              I would recommend a pack of these paper if you want to keep some indoors in case you need some for something. At 59p a pack you are laughing. Just make sure you store them in a dry place as if they get damp the sand will fall off the sheets and you won't be able to use them.

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