Choose the Right Model
Explore your options before choosing the
detail sander for your workshop, e.g here: http://woodworkify.com/sanders/detail-sander/. Do you need it for infrequent detailed
projects, or do you need some more power for larger surface areas? Different
models come with basic triangular plates, but also finger-plates for reaching
between slats and giving finish to ornaments. Also think about grip ergonomics-
some models allow for one-hand work, with a comfortable rubberized handle.
Choose the Right Accessories
Whether you need to take off a coat of
paint or give a buff finish, a detail sander needs the right sandpaper for the
job. Buffing pads allow for professional finish of wood surfaces. And with the
right tool, you may work on other materials such as metal.
The Right Speed and Touch
A detail sander is designed to take off a
thin coat off the surface. However, picking the right speed settings is
essential. You also need to be careful about pressure and movement- use the
tool all over the surface, to avoid wearing out a spot and creating an ugly
dimple. Those precautions will also protect your tool, allowing for long years
of usage. Detail sanders are not designed for extreme stresses and heavy-duty
jobs, so do not overload your tool. To further ease your work process when
taking off a coat of paint, go over your project with a quick hand-buffing to
allow the detail sander a better grip.
Don't forget protection
A detail sander is relatively small, but
still a power tool. Eye protection and a respiratory mask are your best
friends. Also, avoid loose clothing and hair. Make sure the object you are
working on is well-attached, never work on loose pieces, and remember not to
force the sander. Merely use the weight of the tool to get the right pressure.
Keep the electrical cords and outlets in good condition and watch for frayed
spots or other damage.
With improved battery technologies, your
power tool charges in half an hour and the Li-ion battery means a lighter body
of the tool. Unfortunately, this comes with a price premium, but if you plan to
use the tool often and want a more pleasant experience, the difference may be
worth it over the older NiCad batteries. Also, a Li-ion powered tool, whether
new or refitted, means you have to think less about carefully planned
recharging. Whenever inspiration for a project strikes, soon after your detail
sander is good to go.