2012 is a new year and we here at Plaid would like to start of fresh. We would like to introduce you to our brands. You might be new to crafting, and a new reader of Paint Me Plaid. Or perhaps you have been crafting for awhile, but may not be aware of all the brands that are under the Plaid umbrella. Throughout the month of January we will show off one of our brands, give you a little history about it, and some project ideas. We look forward to giving you more information, so you can know more about us and all our wonderful craft brands. Remember to check back here daily to learn more about all the brands apart of the Plaid family.
Many crafters and painters are curious about sandpapers, sanding tools and why we sand a surface to begin with. I thought I would share a little of my Sanding 101 knowledge with you.
So, just what is sandpaper? Sandpaper as we know it today is made of these components: paper or fabric backing, grit, and the adhesive to hold the two together. When rubbed against a surface, sandpaper will smooth rough areas. Sandpaper can be purchased as flat paper, in rolls or belts. It can also be purchased in the form of a sanding block, disc or sponge. I found an article on eHow.com which states that sandpaper can be traced back to 13th century China where it was made of crushed shells, seeds and sand. It wasn’t until 1834 that a patent was processed for the first mass-production assembly, when finely crushed glass particles were used and the product was known as glasspaper! However in 1916, the 3M Company began developing different abrasives for different types of surfaces as well as improvements in backing.