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What Makes Flap Wheels So Useful?

By Jacob Malherbe

Imagine you have taken a great deal of time and care to create an intricate profile for a special project. No matter if this profile were created by hand, by manual router, by a CNC style machine or a molder. The next step is going to be how to sand this intricate profile without destroying the detail.

In my experience only one method works well: and that’s the flap wheel head. These are designed to be flexible, meaning that the head can conform to the shape of whatever is being sanded down. When you apply a flap wheel head to your material, it can produce a number of results.

In Raw Wood Sanding

First, the process of flap wheel sanding will denibb your product. This is to remove the small fibers that pop up when sanded in any other way or when any type of chemical or water is applied to the surface of the material. These fibers if not removed will set in a raised position causing a rough primer or stain and seal coat. This will require additional sanding time being needed between coats to achieve a smooth top coat. Utilizing a flap wheel head will remove these fibers resulting in much less sanding time between coats. In some cases less finish materials will be required because there is less fiber to cover.

Second, you will benefit from the fact that flap wheel heads will insure a uniform pore opening in the material. Uniform pore openings result in uniform color balance throughout the work surface.

Third, you will slightly soften the sharp edges. Softening these edges eliminates the area that is almost impossible for stain, sealer, or paint to find enough mass to adhere. Incorporating a slight radius in these areas eliminates the weak area in a finish. It also makes sealer or primer sanding much easier in that you are less likely to sand through the finish in these areas.

Sealer or Primer Sanding

In this kind of sanding you’ll have a more uniform scuff of the primer or sealer coat. This means that the bond will be better between the primer or seal coat and the top coat.

Secondly, if the material has been properly sanded in the raw, a flap wheel can be used to sand the primer or sealer coat without burning through, or white lining, the product.

Lastly, you’ll see more uniform and a higher quality finish.

Flap wheel sanding really is a fantastic way to reduce the work time and come out with a higher quality product.

Visit Flap Wheels now if you want to find out more about these tools, and to find the best deals on flap wheel heads and much more!

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MLA Style Citation:
Malherbe, Jacob "What Makes Flap Wheels So Useful?." What Makes Flap Wheels So Useful?. 30 Jun. 2010. 24 Dec 2014 <>.

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Malherbe, J (2010, June 30). What Makes Flap Wheels So Useful?. Retrieved December 24, 2014, from

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Malherbe, Jacob "What Makes Flap Wheels So Useful?"

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