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FAQ

Why can’t I purchase product directly from you?

Ali Industries is a manufacturer and we aren’t set up to sell to the general public. You can purchase our product from one of the retail establishments listed under the “Where to Purchase” dropdown menu at the top of this page.

What is sandpaper?

Sandpaper is made by bonding an abrasive grain like aluminum oxide, garnet or silicon carbide to a backing material. It is used to remove material from surfaces, either to make them smoother, to remove a layer of a substance like paint, or to make the surface rougher. The type and size of grain, the type of adhesive and the type of backing material all have an effect on the suitability of sandpaper for a particular job.

How does sandpaper work?

Abrasive paper works a lot like any other cutting tool, just on a smaller scale. The particles used to make sandpaper have a number of sharp edges that cut or shave away the material the same way a saw blade does.

What is stearate?

A soap-like substance to reduce clogging (“stearated” or “nonclog” sandpaper). Such paper is useful for sanding resinous woods and some finishes. Because it can leave a deposit, stearated paper should not be used if a water-based finish is planned.