At the end of January, A. J. Hamler wrote a blog entry ranting on several woodworking topics. One of his beefs was how sandpaper is hard to identify once you’ve cut up the sheet, since they only print the grit in one or two places — something we can all probably relate to. Here’s some sandpaper that I bet he’d like.
Color grit abrasives sold by Craft Supplies USA change the backing color of the sandpaper with each grit for easy identification. At a quarter a piece, you can buy a few stickers for around the shop to remind you which color matches which grit. They also print the grit on the back in large numbers.
Craft Supplies USA sells the sandpaper in 80, 120, 180, 240, 320, and 400 grit and claims the cloth-backed aluminum oxide abrasive is flexible and long-lasting. You’ll spend $6.50 for a single 3-3/4″ wide by 6+ feet long roll, or $33 for a combo pack containing rolls of every grit. It’ll cost you a whopping $11 to ship a single roll, but at least shipping only goes up a dollar for the combo pack.