Here we list the most common types of sanding tools used that won’t break the bank and get you on the way to becoming an auto body expert.
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Basic Types of Auto Body Sanding Tool List
- Sanding Board
- Air Powered Straight Line Sander
- Round Sanding Block
- Square Sanding Block
- DA Sander
- Cheesegrater Blade
A sanding board is the basic fundamental building block of any auto bodywork repair tool kit.
They are inexpensive and a basic go-to tool.
The sandpaper simply attaches to it and is ready to go.
Since it is long, the pressure can be distributed between both your hands, giving good downward sanding strokes.
A straight line sander works the same way as the sanding board, only powered.
It can quickly remove a lot of material, so be sure to understand the principle of a hand-powered sanding board before using it.
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When doing bodywork, you will run into areas that are curved and require a tool to match this.
Round Sanding Block comes in all shapes and sizes and is invaluable in intricate curved areas.
Square sanding blocks are also used a lot. They work well when wet sanding and dry out when not in use.
DA (Dual Action) sanders spin in a circular motion and come in very handy for doing the rough work.
A Cheesegrater is a tool with big teeth and can remove a large amount of filler when needed.
This is handy when a large amount of Bondo is applied to a surface and needs to be roughed into shape.
The above tools are basic tools used to sand an automotive surface in preparation for painting.
Often times body repairmen have their own style and preferred tools.
Some will even create and build their own tools with it basically comes down to getting a job done right.
Do you know of a type of sanding tool for bodywork we missed? Let us know in the comments below.