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December 18, 2017

Correct Sanding Technique with an Oscillating Multi Tool

One problem that people sometimes suffer from when using an oscillating multi tool for sanding is that the Velcro on the sanding pad has a tendency to melt – in fact some users go so far as to write a negative review of the tool as a result because they believe that this is a fault with the tool.

And that’s where they’re wrong – if the velcro on the sanding pad overheats and melts it’s because you’re not sanding properly. It’s a question of technique, not a problem with the tool.

How to Stop the Velcro Sanding Pad Melting

Take a look at the video below which shows you how to sand properly with an oscillating multi tool – in this case the Fein Multimaster. And they should know because they invented it.

So, as you’ve just seen, the important thing is to keep the sanding pad flush to the surface of the work and not tip it on its edge – and that applies to all brands, not just the Fein Multimaster.

The video also has a bunch of other good tips on how to sand properly with one of these tools, but basically it comes down to three main points

  • Keep the motor speed low to avoid overheating
  • Keep the sanding pad moving, again to stop a build up of heat in one spot
  • Keep it flush to the surface of the work – if you tip it on a point or an edge the heat concentrates on that small area

Hopefully the video has helped remove any lingering doubts you might have had concerning sanding with oscillating multi tools, so you’ll probably want to check out one of the top rated multi tools below:

Porter Cable PC250MTK

Bosch MX25EK-33

Fein MultiMaster FMM 250Q