While sandpaper and sanding sponges are your conventional tools for sanding, neither offers the versatility and efficiency that a non-woven abrasive carries. With a non-woven scouring pad for drills, industrial surface prep jobs have never been this easy or quick
When we think about non-woven scouring pads, we think about day-to-day heavy-duty cleaning for your kitchen, grill, or dishes using a Scotch-Brite. However, many do not know that you can use these abrasives for industrial uses in the woodworking and metalworking industries. Taking it to the next level, many do not even know that you can attach it to a drill or drill press for maximum efficiency. This article will cover everything you need to know about the best-kept secret for getting your surfaces prepared and finished.
What are Non-Woven Scouring Pads?
When we think of traditional abrasives such as sandpaper, these are made out of coated material and placed onto one face for a more aggressive finish. Unlike the former, non-woven scouring pads are bonded and combined with various abrasive grains for a more uniform and refined finish. The bonded fibers allow for more versatility as they conform to more surfaces and work for more purposes depending on the bonded materials. These pads are now an everyday staple for heavy-duty cleaning jobs, such as on your sponges. However, more and more variations of these bonded abrasives exist to create functionalities beyond home-usage.
Types of Non-Woven Scouring Pads for The Drill
Many types of shapes and materials exist for the non-woven scouring pad. However, we will be covering only the ones for the drill as it is the best solution for industrial purposes.
While some non-woven pads can be cut or folded, why bother for a power tool when you can get your hands-on different shapes and sizes depending on your industry for more consistent and uniform results.
Mushroom Shaped Abrasives
Mushroom-shaped non-woven abrasives are fantastic for covering concaving surfaces. The surface area of the mushroom allows for much wider areas for efficiency. Its flexibility and round ball-like shape allow for you to cover hard-to-reach corners as well as round concaves that do not fit square or flat-shaped abrasives. They work exceptionally well with finishing wooden bowls or round structures.
Cone Shaped Abrasives
Cone-shaped, non-woven abrasives are designed for work around plane-like surfaces. Unlike other shapes, its slant allows the user to work at an angle that does not interfere with the drill's handle. Furthermore, cone-shaped non-woven abrasives are great for fitting through tighter holes. The ideal project for using a cone-shaped abrasive would be the surface of a table or finishing a small hole for the pegs of a table.
Cylinder Shaped Abrasives
Cylinder-shaped non-woven abrasives are meant for flat, vertical, upright surfaces. The flat surface allows for straight line finishing. It can also get the edges of a hole. An ideal project for using a cylinder-shaped abrasive includes finishing the sides of a table or a hole for the pegs.
Colour or Grit
There are different levels of grits depending on the abrasive grain embedded in the nylon. Rather than grits, they are color-coded; the red is more flexible and fine, ideal for final finishing. While the green is coarser and slightly more rigid, suitable for heavy-duty scouring.
Red (Fine) Non-Woven Abrasives
Red Non-Woven abrasives are not as heavily bonded and looser around the fabric to conform to more shapes; this allows you to squeeze into harder-to-reach surfaces much more accessible. It is also not as abrasive and is ideal for fine scratch removal and buffing/polishing.
Green Non-Woven Abrasives (Coarse)
Green Non-Woven Abrasives are coarser than red. As a result, many people use green non-woven abrasives for heavy-duty cleaning such as rust removal.
Why Use Non-Woven Scouring Pads for a Drill
Many may ask: why not use your traditional abrasives? Non-woven abrasives are not as abrasive as your conventional abrasives, as one does not need to worry about any scratches or discoloration left by your tool. More importantly, for those that work with liquid-like substances and heavy-duty cleaning, non-woven scouring pads are much safer and durable as they are waterproof, non-conductive, and conform better to surfaces.
Furthermore, many may wonder about the appeal of using one with a drill. The drill not only saves you time but can increase the amount of effectiveness and possible uses for a non-woven abrasive. Some of the functions that are difficult to do by hand include deburring, decorative finishing, oxide removal, as well as reaching spaces that are too narrow for your hands, etc.
Using a Non-Woven Scouring Pad for Woodworking
There are plenty of uses for a non-woven scouring pad in the woodworking world. The pad's abrasiveness allows you to do tasks that substitute your traditional sanding accessories. Some examples of uses include removing paint and surface coating for refinishing, smoothening out a surface, and finishing it.
Using a Non-Woven Scouring Pad for Metalworking and Rust Removal
As for metalworking and rust removal, the non-woven abrasive is unmatched by your traditional wire brushes regarding safety and results. As stated earlier, these abrasives are waterproof and non-conductive so that you can clean contaminants on conductive metals. These abrasives are also coarse enough to help you remove difficult to clean contaminants such as rust without leaving any scratches on your surface.
Using a Non-Woven Scouring Pad for Pipework or Paint Removal
The various shapes and sizes of the non-woven abrasives allow you to get into pipes to remove any form of corrosion. Furthermore, these scouring pads don’t rust like your traditional contaminant cleaning tools, perfect for plumbers who work with pipe cleaning. Lastly, non-woven abrasives are fantastic for contractors that need to remove paint for renovation. The surface of the pads allows for quick, durable, and efficient paint removal that you cannot replicate with other tools.
As a staple for any home or workshop, where do we find scouring pads for industrial use? LINE10 Tools offers an assortment of high-quality non-woven abrasives made out of non-woven nylon material with embedded aluminum oxide grain. If you need to get hard-to-reach places or prepare a surface for your work, see how we can help by checking out our large selection of non-woven abrasives.