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Red Label Abrasives Premium-Quality Sanding Belts

Red Label Abrasives is a family-owned abrasive manufacturer that has been producing premium-quality abrasives for over 35 years. Our sanding belts are designed to be affordable, effective, and long-lasting. Sanding belts are available in a variety of sizes from ¼” x 18” all the way up to 60” x 360” and beyond (popular sizes include 2 x 72, 2 x 42, 1 x 30, 2 x 48, 3 x 18,  4 x 36, and 4 x 24). Red Label offers belts in several different abrasive grains and backings. Regardless of your application, we have the belts you need to finish your piece to perfection. 

What Type Of Abrasive Grain Do I Need For My Sanding Belts?

Red Label Abrasives offers grinding belts in four different types of abrasive grains: ceramic, zirconia, silicon carbide, open coat aluminum oxide, and closed coat aluminum oxide. The best abrasive grain for your needs will depend on your application. 

Open coat aluminum oxide works great for softer woods. Silicon carbide is commonly used to finish heat sensitive applications. Ceramic, zirconia, and closed coat aluminum oxide are all designed to work well with hardwoods and metals. Closed coat aluminum oxide has the shortest lifespan and ceramic has the longest. Zirconia sits in-between ceramic and closed coat aluminum oxide in terms of price and longevity. If you’re working with hardwood or metal, we would recommend ceramic as the best bang for your buck. 

You can read our Abrasive 101 guide to get a full comparison on each type of abrasive grain. 

Which Type Of Sanding Belt Backing Is Best For My Application? 

Red Label Abrasives offers grinding belts with paper or cloth/polyester backings. Paper backings are the lightest and most popular backing options. What paper lacks in strength it makes up for in affordability. Cloth is more expensive than paper, but it’s also more durable. Cloth is worth the investment if you plan on grinding or finishing with applications that involve a lot of bending and flexing in the belt. Cloth belts can also be washed to help extend their lifespan. You can read more about the differences between cloth and paper backings in our post on abrasive backings

How Do I Know What Size Sanding Belt I Need?

Don’t know what size sanding belt you need? There are easy ways to determine the right size for your belt sander. 

If you have an old belt laying around, you can cut the belt at the seam and lay it out flat to measure the length and width. If you don’t have an old belt, you can wrap a string around your belt sander the same way you’d wrap your belt around the sander. You can cut the string where it wraps around to touch the end of the string and measure the length to determine the right belt length. You can also measure the width of the belt wheel to find the correct width for your belts.  

Common Applications For Sanding Belts

Sanding belts and belt sanders can be used for many different applications. Sanding belts are commonly used in the production of knives (for stock removal, sharpening, profiling, polishing, and more), wooden toys, furniture, axes, arrows, musical instruments, art pieces, and more. Not sure if belt sanding is the right fit for your application? Our abrasive technicians can help point you towards the abrasives that will be best for your needs. 

Grinding Belt Questions? Contact Our Abrasive Specialists

If you have questions about sanding belts, abrasives, or Red Label Abrasives, our abrasive specialists would be more than happy to help! We are here to serve you. You can reach out by calling (844) 824-1956 or filling out a contact form.