Workers in a wide range of industries have used various forms of abrasives throughout history to complete projects. Perhaps the most well-known and used sanding abrasive is, sandpaper. Sandpaper is known as a coated abrasive and has a variety of different uses for every industry or project. Sanding abrasives are used to remove small amounts of material from surfaces, usually to make them smoother and is often used when painting or finishing a wood surface. Sandpaper can also be used to remove layers of material or build-up to reveal the original surface, such as removing old paint. Sanding abrasives can also be used to roughen or toughen up a surface, usually in preparation to gluing the surface.
The material used is often made of a mineral and can be used to grind, polish, buff, drill, or sharpen something, whether it's by hand or used with machinery, such as a grinding wheel. The abrasive is typically should be harder than the material it is going against, in order to withhold its shape and texture. The differences between abrasives rely on grain size and difference in hardness
IDG offers a range of both bonded and coated abrasives, compounds, diamond tools, power brushes, dressing tools, and abrasives to aid in surface finishing.