Tighten Your Belts with E-Z Sander

Sanding blocks can be a pain in the you know what. Ripping off the correct sized piece without wasting paper can be frustrating.
We came across the E-Z Sander at the National Hardware Show this year and the inventor, Rick Patton, was at the booth and was pleased to show us his solution to sanding. The E-Z Sander is made of molded, high-impact plastic and the belts are wet/dry and come in a wood and automotive version that each include 3 different grits.
The belts are blue but the sanders come in 6 different colors – our favorite are lime green and red.

To operate the E-Z Sander simply turn the side thumbwheels, the internal plungers push forward, putting positive tension on the belt. Reversing the thumbwheels allows you to slide the belt and then remove and replace the belt.
You can order these online and ask for them at your local hardware store.

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  • Guest

    The sink and surrounding top in the bathroom in my house is maybe Corian. At least, it looks like Corian, I’m not sure what it is. It has gotten dull over the years and now feels slightly rough to the touch.

    I haven’t used abrasive cleaners on it, in fact, mostly I just use a wet paper towel to clean it and a dry one to dry it.

    Do you have any idea if there is a way restore the shine to the surface? Thanks for any information.

    • If the sink material appears integrated into the countertop material as an undermount sink, then it sounds like Corian or a comparable”solid surface” material to me.

      My experience is mostly with granite and man-made stone, but I have limited experience working on solid surface materials too.

      Solid surface materials are buffed up to their shine with a series of increasingly low grit sander pads. I used a backer pad and spray adhesive to change pads on a low speed grinder, but everyone seems to have their own system.

      You can really dig into the material (permanently) if you’re not used to doing this, and as solid surface is a relatively softer material, it will wear under the sanding pad quickly. So it’s probably best to get some test material from a shop and get the hang of it first, if you decide to go that route. If the dullness is caused by the kind of wear you’re describing, polishing it back up is the only fix I know of for solid surface.

      For regular cleaning, a bunch of other countertop guys and I got hooked on aerosol glass cleaner. It does a great job, is fast, and, for some reason, leaves a really good shine. Hope that helps!


  • Guest

    Thanks, Justin. The sink and the countertop are all one piece of stuff.

    • Definitely solid surface then.

  • Chasta

    What is the best cleaner to use to clean granite counter tops? I have used several kinds, but they all leave a steaky residue.

    • Justin

      There are several products marketed specifically as granite countertop cleaners, as you probably know. It really does come down to personal preference in the end.

      My preference is for aerosol glass cleaner such as can be found in a hardware store. A quick spray and a paper towel usually leaves the stone clean, shiny, and residue free. Some owners like regular glass cleaner just as well. In either case, it’s important that the cleaner is free of ammonia.

      If you try those and they don’t work out for you, I suggest you continue experimenting with cleaners that are safe to use on stone until one does the trick. Hope that helps!

  • Makita LCT200W

    Thanks for sharing. I encounter some of the problem that has been mention above and hopefully by using the tips you give, I will be able to solve it.

  • It is possible to delay the appearance of wear and damage marks on your granite countertop by making sure it is always clean. As much as possible, spills should be removed the soonest time possible. The choice of cleaning agents is also essential — these should not contain acidic components that may harm your granite countertop.

    • Aside from that, Robbie, stainless steel utensils should be kept in a drawer to prevent them from falling onto the granite counter tops, causing scratches and most possibly, cracks, but, you’re right. We should make sure that it is always clean, just to prevent it from staining.

  • Wonderful tips, it is sometimes really hard to keep countertops maintained, it seems like a hard job that is why people ignore minor issues which kills the looks of it.