Using fresh sandpaper — particularly sanding belts and discs — can be a joy. But once they get clogged up with pitch and loose sandpaper grit it’s miserable. And if you’re making fine furniture, it can ruin your work as well. Woodstock International’s Pro Stik abrasive cleaner sticks are basically formulated from crepe rubber that easily removes the built up gunk on your favorite abrasive belts and discs.
Just run the stick lightly against the moving belt or disc, and it’ll clean ’em right up. It comes in various sizes to fit any pretty much any application you might have. They don’t recommend it for wide-belt sanders, but it’s not exactly clear to me why.
On average you’ll pay about $9 for the 2” x 2” x 12” stick — their largest one. Their smallest stick — 1-3/8” x 1-3/8 x 4-1/4” — runs more like $2. Either way, though, you’ll want to shop around to find the best size for your application.