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  • #7621
    John-Paul Treen
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    Hi guys,

    I’ve been having a pain of a time getting wet or dry sandpaper here in the UK. None of the shops I can get to really stock it. Online availability seems poor and patchy.

    So imagine my surprise when I saw this on ebay (£10 for 100 sheets probably too good to be true), but I’m giving it a go.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waterproof-abrasive-paper-100-mixed-grit-sheets-High-quality-low-price-/230923460082?pt=UK_Body_Shop_Supplies_Paint&hash=item35c41c5df2

    Anyone else finding better deals than this, or even a decent place to buy real 3M stuff?

    I have always found buying sandpaper to be really annoying. Especially as a lot of places will call 120 a “fine” paper and not go any higher than that!

    J-P

    #7624
    JerryH
    Participant

    I always use http://www.workshopheaven.com/tools/abrasives.html , a bit more expensive than your e-bay guy but they provide excellent service, I’m sure you can get it cheaper if you buy in bulk but I don’t use that much so this price is fine for me.

    #7625
    dbennett
    Member

    Auto parts stores usually stock this for do-it-yourself body work. That’s where I get mine in a pinch. And since it’s made for working metal… ☺

    #7627
    George Bridgeman
    Participant

    Hi J-P,

    I’ve always bought wet/dry paper from Halfords. They have the whole range of grits, from 80 to 1600 or so. I’ve not had a problem with it yet.

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #7633
    Scott
    Participant

    Since we’re on the topic, I am wondering if Brits ever still refer to sandpaper as “glass paper”. I’ve been reading some old books by British authors where the term glass paper is used exclusively. Seems like it may have fallen out of favor in the 50’s?

    -Scott Los Angeles

    #7635
    JerryH
    Participant

    I’ve not heard the term Glass Paper for years, it not in common use these days.

    #7642
    MickA
    Participant

    I’ve bought from Abtec before (the eBay provider) and it was good stuff. When I was a lad, in the fifties, I was told that sandpaper was the wrong word, and it was properly ‘glasspaper’. I’d use either word.

    #7643
    dbennett
    Member

    Here’s a link to a chart showing the difference in grits between the USA and Europe. http://www.mibnet.se/home-improvement/sandpaper-grit-size-comparison-between-european-and-us-standards.html

    #7644
    John-Paul Treen
    Participant

    Ah, Halfords! Now why didn’t I think of that?

    As for glass paper. Yes. I recognise it but wouldn’t use it, but then I don’t habitually use sandpaper either (despite the topic name!).

    #7802
    John-Paul Treen
    Participant

    Incidentally, my paper from Abtec arrived today. Micheal is correct, it seems like good stuff. I got 25 extra sheets as a surprise in the box that made me wonder if the people at Abtec have been reading this thread.

    They may raise a smile in those who asked about ‘glasspaper’.

    (Incidentally, it would be nice if we could “img” tags in our posts here.)

    J-P

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