A balanced approach!

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Conventional sandpaper is designed to be aggressive so that it will dig deeply. In its manufacture the crystals are electrically charged so that they will stand up. They are locked into a hard resin and when you apply the paper to a surface it will literally tear in and remove the substrate of the material you are sanding. The crystals cut in a negative raking motion, leaving inconsistent scratch patterns.

Micro-Mesh does the opposite. The backing is long lasting cloth to which an ultra-flexible cushioning layer is applied. On top of this layer we have a very resilient and flexible glue, instead of a hard resin. This allows each crystal to be held in place whilst also allowing it to move and rotate. When you start to apply pressure to sand with Micro-Mesh, the crystals sink into the cushioning layer whilst beginning to cut a bit. If you push harder they will sink further into the cushioning layer, serving as a safety valve.

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To increase the depth of the cut, simply use a coarser grade of Micro-Mesh. Instead of the deep scratch that sandpaper makes,Micro-Mesh produces a refined scratch that is close to a RMS* of 1.0. The cushioning layer also allows the crystals to cut with a planing motion that leaves an extremely consistent scratch pattern and allows you to achieve extraordinary levels of gloss.

*RMS is the 'Root Mean Square' of a surfaces measured microscopic peaks and valleys.

Where conventional abrasives will take surfaces down 2 or 3 thousandths (.002 or .003), Micro-Mesh will take it down one ten thousandth (.0001) or less, giving you ultimate and unrivalled control.


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Abralon

 (Mirka Abrasives)

 

 

 

 

Abralon is a unique multifunctional patented sanding material developed for the flexible sanding of both smooth and profiled surfaces. Abralon creates a smooth sanding pattern on angled surfaces and edges, while minimising the risk of pressure marks. Abralon is especially suitable for use in the aerospace, automotive and marine industries where a fine, quality finish is a key part of preparing for the next step of a finishing procedure.

The flexible weave allows water and air to pass freely, making the product suitable for both dry and wet sanding, either by machine or hand. Abralon is also suitable for the finishing and pre-polishing of aluminium, gelcoat, SMC, glass reinforced plastic (GRP), lacquers, etc.

Coarser grits are recommended for surface preparation of aluminium surfaces, composite body parts, and the fine sanding of the body surfaces before primer and top lacquer. Finer grits are suitable for smoothing of primers and bottom lacquers, preparation of surfaces between blending, sanding of pot marked surfaces and preparation of the top coat before polishing.