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Somewhere behind a desk sits an engineer with a very creative head on his shoulders. Whoever it is, a bright solution for sanding odd surfaces came off his desk in the form of Gator Grit’s sanding sponges. Essentially rectangular prisms of closed cell foam, their outsides are coated with an abrasive very similar to sand paper. For concave surfaces, that can be pretty handy. Trying to get big mitts on the inside of some surfaces can be a real treat, and these can take the sting out of it.

$5 for a two-pack is a lot to pay for what amounts to some six-sided sand paper, but for special jobs, these could be just the trick. Ever tried to prepare the inside of a turned wooden bowl for lacquer or stain? T-minus two minutes to cramped fingers, unless you have a few of these in your tool chest. Home Depot and Lowe’s both carry a variety of grits and dimensions.

Sanding Sponge Pack [Gator Grit]
Street Pricing [Google Products]

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7 Responses to GatorGrit Sanding Sponges

  1. jeffrey immer says:

    these have been around for years and i love them, you can clean them let them dry and they are good for another day, i keep one next to my miter saw to clean up little cuts if i have burrs hanging off. but as far as sanding a project no way i’m too lazy i prefer mine to be sanded by machine

  2. PutnamEco says:

    I believe it was 3m that came out with them first. As I remember the car guys used to wrap sand paper around sponges when the where wet sanding.

    Sanding Sponge Pack link points to a craftsman impact driver.

  3. Brad Justinen says:

    That creative engineer works at 3M.

    Here are the correct links:

    http://www.3m.com/product/information/Sanding-Sponge.html

    http://www.gatorfinishing.com/products/9/

  4. BC says:

    I sand drywall exclusively with these. Rinse them out and they’re good to go for the next time – they last and last.

  5. Lex Dodson says:

    Crud. Thanks for pointing that out, Putnam. Unfortunately I can’t edit an already-uploaded post, but here’s the proper link.

    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=218709-1069-7108&lpage=none

  6. Bob The Drywall Guy says:

    These are an absolute must for drywall. The pole sander does the bulk of the work, but some valleys and hard edges must be tended to afterwards. Combined with a well directed light bulb, these make the final sand a much better finished product. But they are far from being new.

  7. flarney says:

    Get ’em at the dollar store, two in a pack. Good for scrubbing pots with burnt crap in them, and for wood and metal.

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