Some Abrasive Observations,
I have in my arsenal all of Festool's sanders and sandpapers, so you could imagine the sandpaper collection support group that stands behind them.
I am very happy with the both the Rubins and Brilliants when using them in their respective tasks.
Last month over at Woodnet, Holbren was running a annual sale on a select groupings of sandpapers.
I noticed some 220 & 180 disks that were Festool compatible for my ETS 150, so I ordered a box of each to test out the waters.
In the meantime I'm finishing up a mahogany dining room table that I'm at the finishing stage of.
As I'm working up the grits to the finer levels I've developed a habit of giving the table a wiping coat of paint thinner with a splash (of the stain color I'll be using)
mixed in that I wipe table down between grits in order to be on the lookout for any sanding marks I might have missed.
After giving it the time to dry I then proceed with the next grit level. So because of the slight color residue within the wood there is a clear
sighting of what is being sanded and at what point the disc is getting tired.
I decided to give the Norton's a try and noticed that they seem to be lasting longer without any detriment to the mahoganny.
So . . . . .
This is a long winded question to others out there if you've found similar results.
. . . or different.
Roger Festool Norton