Product Type: Tesco Hand Tool
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Mr Sand Man
Tesco Value Sandpaper
Author Name: superness11
Tesco Value Sandpaper
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.
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.
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!
Great value, so yes I would buy it again.
Summary: very cheap paper
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