Oct 8, 2007

Modify your Pole Sander

Pole Sander This great pole sander modification will increase contact with the wall and allow you to sand lighter and using less energy. Until you pole sand deep intense paint colors - chances are you probably never knew how poor pole sanders perform.

I use three different brand pole sanders and they all perform poorly. The sandpaper does not make full contact with the wall even though each of them have a pad on the bottom. Instead, the outer edges only make contact with the wall. If you apply more pressure towards the wall, you get a heavily sanded spot in the center as seen below on the left side. 

Use a piece of foam 1/4" thick (JoAnn Fabrics) cut precisely the same size as the pad on the sander then mount the sandpaper. You will be amazed how well this works and how much easier and less effort it is to sand out a house. Very little pressure is required. Here is another pole sander option from the guys at Full Circle International.

Sanded walls Sanded walls Click to view larger image. Notice the full width of contact with the modified pole sander. I made one single light pass with and without the modification.

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