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Marine Abrasives For Sanding Fibreglass, Gelcoat and GRP [UPDATED]

Choosing the ideal marine abrasive materials for the task at hand is vital for achieving a professional finish when sanding fibreglass, gelcoat, and GRP.

Those working in the marine industry will quickly realise the importance of their equipment. Without the appropriate marine abrasives, you will have an extremely difficult time attempting to achieve the precise finish that is desired. Achieving a perfectly smooth finish on fibreglass or glass-reinforced plastic requires careful consideration to ensure you’re using the correct abrasive for sanding fibreglass.

We offer a wide array of marine abrasives, which are perfectly suitable for marine and yacht repair, restoration, and construction. Of course, it is imperative to remember that each step will require a different product and grit. Below, you will learn more about our abrasives and their most efficient applications.

BAXT SP1 Finishing Pads

BAXT SP1 Pads
BAXT SP1 Pads

The BAXT SP1 Finishing Pads are flexible sanding pads, ideal for the keying of surfaces and give a superb, consistent and uniform finish. These, three-dimensional fibre sanding pads ideal for the keying of surfaces and give a superb, consistent and uniform finish.  We strongly recommend these highly durable abrasive materials for keying yacht surfaces. The pads are perfectly designed for preparing freshly painted surfaces for polishing and are ideal for use on irregular surfaces.

For added versatility, the Best Finishing Pads can easily be cut to meet your precise needs. The product is available in flexible sanding pads and abrasive rolls. The nylon and synthetic resin help to greatly enhance the longevity and durability of the pad while maintaining maximum flexibility. This makes the flexible sanding pads ideal for carrying out cleaning and preparation work on all contours featured on any marine vehicle.

When used by hand it’s important to apply the correct amount of pressure, do not apply too much pressure and tire yourself out. Work cautiously and gently, while maintaining a firm grip. The pads are colour-coded to ensure you find the precise grit that you’re looking for. They include very fine, ultra-fine, and general purpose.

BAXT D6 150MM Velcro Abrasive Disc

BAXT DX6
BAXT DX6

For the fastest sanding and the longest-lasting marine abrasives, you should look no further than the BAXT D6 Velcro Abrasive Disc, one of our top marine abrasives. The disc is manufactured with an optimum combination of bonding and sanding grit to ensure maximum longevity. In most cases, the disc will offer 30% more service life than similar alternatives. The disc also features 15 holes, which help to extract dust and prevent paint peeling. This also reduces the amount of pressure placed on the accompanying sander. The disc is available in a wide range of grits. The available grits range from P40 to P1000. Therefore, you can easily find a D6 150MM Disc that is suitable for the precise project at hand.

If you need to remove a paint finish and varnish rapidly, you should opt for an 80-grit disc. Be sure to switch between 120-grit and 220-grit to prepare the marine surface for varnishing. A 320-grit disc should be used after each coat. Thanks to the 150mm size and Velcro backing, our BAXT D6 150mm Disc is compatible with the majority of our sanders. The discs will work fluidly with the Chicago Pneumatic Random Orbital Sander, as well as the Mirka Ceros Electric Palm Sander.

BAXT S6 150MM Abrasive Sponge Disc

BEST S6 150mm Abrasive Sponge Disc (Box 15) - P600 from DTC Tools_1

Electric and air sanders play a huge role in preparing marine surfaces for ships or yachts, especially when sanding fibreglass. The sander must be combined with a durable sanding disc, with a high-strength resin bond. BAXT Abrasive Sponge Discs last longer than the expensive competing brand’s alternatives and are layered with a coating that will eliminate potential scratches.

The Velcro offers a quick and easy replacement, so detailers can maintain a high productivity rating. The foam embedded into the disc prevents buckling and pressure points, during operation. The abrasive foam disc is highly effective at distributing pressure evenly across the surface to ensure a consistent finish. These discs can be utilised for both dry and wet sanding since the advanced design keeps the material from holding moisture and becoming waterlogged.

The S6 Sponge Discs are available in grits from P500 to P4000, making them ideal for yacht detailing and making rectifications to gel coating before adding new compounding. The P500 grit is also suitable for sanding in between varnishing coats.

BAXT R3 77MM & R4 115MM Velcro Abrasive Roll

BAXT R3 75mm

Marine detailers rely on their abrasive materials for nearly every aspect of their yacht detailing operations, which is why they turn to BEST Products every time. The BAXT Velcro Abrasive Roll offers flexibility, allowing the user to choose the exact length needed for each sanding project. The Velcro backing will ensure a speedy replacement while reducing downtime. The abrasive rolls are constructed out of heavyweight paper, with a layer of resin and high-strength sand granules. The granules are spread evenly over the glue to create an even surface.

Marine detailers rely on their abrasive materials for nearly every aspect of their yacht detailing operations, which is why they turn to BEST Products every time.

These abrasive rolls have been tested against the most popular branded alternatives and proven to last 30% longer due to their unique combination of material bonding and surface engineering which helps reduce clogging.

Both the R3 and R4 are ideally suited to longboarding sanding methods. This popular method makes quick work of fairing hulls and other large surface areas, thanks to these high-quality abrasive materials. Fairing boards need to be stiff enough to bridge low areas of the boat’s hull and flexible enough to evenly sand down the curves of a hull. The BAXT R4 Abrasive Roll is perfectly suited for our popular 115mm hook it fairing boards which come in the choice of ‘rigid’ or ‘flexible’.

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