Originally Posted by Jstslamd
I get paper for about 35 bucks for a roll
You're talking about PSA discs. PSA pads
are not commonly found on electric sanders/polishers. Some PSA pads are available for a few models of certain brands, but most of us who work in our garage at home go with what is more commonly available to us, which means Hook & Loop (velcro) discs. PSA pads are mostly found on pneumatic sanders. But, those typically require a huge amount of air flow, something on the order of 80 CFM. My 60 gallon tank is rated for 11 CFM. Or was it 13? Not enough, anyway.
Yes the Abralon discs are pricey, but I only use them for polishing, so they last me a pretty good while. If you are aware of some good, practical alternatives for home use that include P-1000, P-2000 and P-4000, let us know. Links would be helpful.
I'll start with something definitely worth knowing about.
Micro-Mesh 5" Hook & Loop no-hole sanding discs are available as a 9-disc set of 1 each of the following:
1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000, 12000 grit.Here
is a link. The price is shown as $17.99. I think I posted a build that used them for polishing. I don't post every build I do, so I can't say for sure if any of those projects got posted. You will definitely see them again in a future build.
Still not as good as $35 for 50-150 PSA disc rolls, but cheaper than Abralon discs. It's too bad the Micro-Mesh discs are not available in 6", or I would use them more often than I do, as I prefer the larger 6" size for sanding and polishing.
I try to show different alternatives, so people can decide for themselves what might work best for them and I welcome suggestions and ideas from others. We all learn from each other.