Different Grit Types of Industrial Abrasives
When it comes to industrial abrasives for finishing and polishing stainless steel and other metals, choosing the right grit for the job is extremely important. Whether you’re a large machine shop or a backyard enthusiast, Waters Industrial is here to help you with all of your metal fabricating needs. We have the web’s best selection of industrial abrasive pads, surface conditioning belts, and other metal finishing abrasives available in a collection of different grits.
Higher grits of metal sandpaper are intended for removing general imperfections and burrs, while fine grit abrasives are made for intricately polishing and fine-turning stainless steel, aluminum, and other industrial metals. Some common different grits types used by aluminum and steel machinists include:
Common Metal Finishing Abrasive Grits from Waters Industrial
- 36 Grit Abrasive Belts and Wheels
- 50 Grit Abrasive Discs
- 60 Grit Fine Abrasive Belts
- 120 Grit Stainless Steel Abrasives
- 180 Grit Ceramic Abrasive Belts
What Abrasive Grit Do you Need for Metal?
Metal abrasives are available in many different forms, including belts, discs, rolls and more! In addition to abrasive type, the different types of abrasive materials can make choosing the right grit for your metal finishing needs a headache!
Industrial Abrasive Material Types
These following tips and pointers will help you choose both the proper grit and material for your metal finishing needs. Of course, any of our industrial supply experts at Waters Industrial would be more than happy to assist you with any questions you might have as well!
- For most general metal finishing, aluminum oxide metal sandpaper and belts will work
- Use fine-grade sandpaper grits to give your metal a mirror shine
- Higher grade sandpapers are, coarser and intended for initial metal finishing
- Ceramic and Zierconia abrasives are extremely tough, and made for tougher metals
- Abrasive belts and discs are perfect for bulk sanding large surface areas
- Zirconia belts are the most popular for stainless steel finishing