If you are a professional auto body repair man than using a electric sander would be unthinkable. But what if your a do-it-yourself at home person that wants to do body work?
Can a electric orbital sander be used to do auto body work?
The short answer is yes they can be used. I have seen many at home individuals do good work with electric units.
The most common reason a electric sander is used, is there’s no air compressor available to use air tools.
The reason professionals dont use them is they have a high RPM and most often no variable speed.
The electric motors get hot fast which requires some cool down time as to not burn it up.
If you have a choice definitely go with air tools if not than try and get at least a variable speed unit.
Remember a sander is only used to strip paint and rough in Bondo. After it is roughed in doing the sanding by hand is necessary to get a good finish.
Here is some of our picks for electric sanders. Be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure unit is a good fit for you.
DEWALT D26453K 3 Amp 5-Inch Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander
The Dewalt D26453K has been available for awhile and is a good variable electric sander.
It has two speeds 7,000 and 12,000 RPM.
The motor uses 3 amps 115 volts so it will work basically anywhere there is electricity.
Bosch ROS20VSK 120-Volt Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Kit
This unit from Bosch has also been available for some time and is also a good unit.
It has a dial that controls the speed from 7,500-12,000 RPM.
It uses a 2.5 amps 120-Volt motor.
Black & Decker BDERO100 Random Orbit Sander, 5-Inch
For those looking for just a very low cost unit than Black & Decker BDERO100 is worth a look.
It is a basic unit with no variable speed but good for those on a tight budget.
Using a electric sander for automotive body repair can be done but requires more time to get the job done right.
Air tools moving at slower speeds allows a operator to get body filler shaped up closer with less hand sanding.
The key to using a electric sander is to know when to stop and swicth to hand tools.
If you have the money always get a compressor and air tools if you can, but for that at home job a electric unit can get the job done in a pinch.