This is How to Get the Best Deal on Sandpaper for Wood. In this post I’ll show you several ways to get an awesome deal buying sandpaper for your shop. They are all easy, and can save you a lot of money. Enjoy.
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Sandpaper for Wood
As a woodworker, you are going to go through quite a bit of sandpaper. Especially over the course of a lifetime, when you make many projects, we will end up using a ton of the stuff. That’s OK though, you just need to make sure you find a good deal.
Since sandpaper is a consumable item, the more you save, the better off you are. Sandpaper can’t be renewed or repaired, so you are definitely going to end up throwing out quite a bit of used sandpaper in your lifetime.
Coming up, I’ll show you several ways of making it a lot easier on yourself to keep fully stocked for all of your sanding needs. Buying sandpaper is not super difficult, you just need to know a couple of tricks to avoid paying too much.
Here are the methods I’ll cover, and I’ll go into each one of them in full detail further down in the post so you know exactly what to do to save the most money.
- Buy Sandpaper Online
- Buy Sandpaper in Bulk
- Don’t Buy Overly Cheap Sandpaper
- Look for Closeouts on Good Papers
- But the Right Sander
- Tips on Buying Sandpaper
See Also: 17 Important Tips on How to Sand Wood
Buy Sandpaper Online
If you’re not already doing it, the very first thing that you should be doing is buying all of your sandpaper online. Online stores have a much lower cost of doing business, and they pass the savings on to you.
When you buy your sandpaper online, not only do you get to select any vendor in the world practically, you also get to choose how much you’re willing to pay. That’s great, because it puts you in far more control.
The online world has reduced the global marketplace to where anyone can access products from faraway countries, and hidden parts of the world. If you have a smart phone, you have more buying power than ever before.
The very first thing you should do is go on Amazon and look for sandpaper. You be able to pick from thousands of different vendors, decide exactly what you want, and pay a price that’s far more attractive than buying from a retail store.
Buy Sandpaper in Bulk
This is essentially like double dipping, because you get your first discount simply by shopping online, and then your second by buying a larger quantity. It’s not like you aren’t going to use the stuff, so you might as well get a bunch.
Remember, sandpaper is not eggs or milk. It’s not going to go bad, it’s not going to evaporate, and you don’t have to worry if you need to pack it away for a year before you use it. When you find a good deal involving sandpaper, it’s definitely worth it in the long run.
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Don’t Buy Overly Cheap Sandpaper
This is a mistake that I see a lot of new woodworkers make, and I’m guilty of making the same mistake myself. There is such an attraction to buying a really inexpensive sandpaper, because you know how much you normally have to pay for it.
When you buy the absolute cheapest price and quality of sandpaper that you can find, you are going to get something that is only a tiny pinch above useless. You’ll end up destroying it in a fifth of the time as regular sandpaper too.
Once you compare the price versus the longevity, you’ll see immediately that though you may have saved a few dollars, in the long run you lost quite a bit because it all fell apart right away. The cheapest sandpaper is actually the worst thing you can buy.
Instead, focus on finding deals by shopping at the right places, looking for sales, and buying in bulk. This way, you still get to save some money, but you don’t end up owning crappy sandpaper that isn’t even worth burning for heat.
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Look for Closeouts on Good Papers
Another thing to take a look at is finding close out deals and sandpaper. These happen from time to time, and it really depends on the retailer. Some will have closeout sales very often, while others will almost never do it.
The nice thing about a closeout sale is that you can find sandpaper for a greatly reduced price, and it’s literally the exact same thing that they sold the day before for full price. It’s a great deal, though you have to shop often in order to find it.
If online shopping on the regular is not your thing, don’t worry about this particular step. If you happen to land on a good closeout deal on some sandpaper, go ahead and take advantage of it, but maybe don’t spend the time looking every day.
No matter what you do, make sure the deal makes sense if you’re going to buy it. If it’s literally the same stuff that was more expensive last week, then you can get a good deal by picking it up on a close out, and giving it a try.
See Also: Are You Paying Too Much For Sandpaper?
Buy the Right Sander
Another thing that you can do is change your sander. If you have a sander that requires very special sandpaper, or very expensive sandpaper, in the long run you might actually do better by selling that thing and getting something that takes quarter sheets.
The sandpaper that takes 1/4 sheets is a gift. Not only are you able to use any sandpaper you want, you’re not stuck buying specialty sandpaper that can cost quite a bit every time you buy it. This is a huge win.
Another thing to pay attention to with your quarter sheet sander is that you don’t buy the sheets that are already separated into quarters. They charge you more than the price of a full sheet for each quarter sheet in a pack.
Make sure that your sander is fed the right paper, which you buy in full sheets, and then just fold twice to separate into quarters. You’ll save a ton of money in the long run, and you’ll be able to buy bulk sandpaper without having to buy anything special.
See Also: 7 Helpful Wood Sanding Machines
Tips on Buying Sandpaper
We covered quite a few ways you can get a really good deal on sandpaper for your wooden projects, but here are a few more tips to think about:
- Start with a good brand that you recognize, and then you’ll at least have sandpaper that you know is good enough for most woodworking projects.
- If you want to try something new, buy a test batch online where you only buy a small quantity to see if you actually like it.
- Remember that you need several different grits of sandpaper, so don’t just buy one otherwise you’ll be stuck when you need to change your grit.
- Sometimes the sandpaper on rolls is a really good deal, but sometimes it’s not. Make sure to take a look at the total square inches.
- Make sure that you’re also buying sandpaper that’s meant for wood, because sometimes they’ll sell a different paper that’s not as good and you’ll have to read the fine print to make sure.
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Your Action Assignment
Now that you know all these cool ways to get great deals on sandpaper for your woodworking shop, it’s time to get out into the shop and take action. Start your search on Amazon, and get familiar with all of the different sandpaper options.
If there’s a type and brand of sandpaper that you normally buy, take a look for a really good deal on Amazon and see what the price looks like. It’s a good deal, buy it and you can always save the package as you use it.
If you have any questions on how to get the best deal on sandpaper for wood, please post a question and I’ll be glad to help. Happy building.
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