Product Type: Tesco Hand Tool
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Tesco Value Sandpaper
Member Name: CallMeRalph
Tesco Value Sandpaper
Disadvantages: Poor Quality
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.
Summary: Not Good Quality But Very Cheap
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