A brief introduction to the development of high-grade waterproof sandpaper

Release Date:2023-09-20 10:28

Waterproof sandpaper and sanding cloth are the two oldest varieties of coated abrasives, dominating a significant portion of the Chinese coated abrasive market for over a century. In the 1960s, waterproof sandpaper was primarily produced in small manual workshops. Each step was painstakingly carried out, from applying glue and sprinkling abrasives to drying in clay ovens. This manual process was an intricate dance performed by skilled artisans. By the mid-1960s, the introduction of a mechanized waterproof sandpaper production line from East Germany marked a significant shift. This innovation garnered great attention within the domestic waterproof sandpaper industry. Many manufacturers embarked on visits to learn from this new approach.

During the mid to late 1960s, numerous domestic waterproof sandpaper manufacturers began to emulate this mechanized production process. They incorporated the basic structure of the equipment, combining it with China's existing production techniques. This gradually phased out the outdated manual workshop production, leading to a substantial increase in production efficiency.

In the late 1980s, the first company in Guangdong introduced advanced waterproof sandpaper manufacturing equipment and production technology from South Korea, pioneering the production of high-grade waterproof sandpaper in China. The entrepreneurial journey was arduous, and after several years of trial and error, they gradually gained a foothold in the market. Following this success, many waterproof sandpaper production enterprises across China began to progressively adopt equipment and technology from countries such as South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Simultaneously, some foreign companies recognized the immense market demand in China. They invested in building factories directly in China, seizing the market and igniting a boom in the production of high-grade waterproof sandpaper.

The rapid rise of high-grade waterproof sandpaper products, along with their swift development, prompted deep reflection within China's coated abrasive industry. Its path of innovation and transformation is one that deserves our collective attention.


Innovations in Product Performance and Quality

For a product to establish itself in the market or replace another, the key lies in innovation in performance and surpassing in quality. Traditional waterproof sandpaper often falls short in wear resistance, durability, fragility, odor, and fineness. In today's high-tech era, meeting the demands of high-efficiency, high-precision, and high-difficulty grinding and polishing processes is a challenge.

High-grade waterproof sandpaper addresses these issues:

1. Improved Wear Resistance and Durability:

- The use of high-strength epoxy resin, replacing the typical alkyd resin, leads to a significant increase in wear resistance and durability.

2. Expanded Grit Range:

- waterproof sandpaper using alkyd resin binders generally achieves up to 1000#. Even specialized fine-grit products reach only 1200#. In contrast, high-grade waterproof sandpaper with epoxy resin as the binder can produce ultra-fine grits like 1500#, 2000#, 2500#, and even 3000#. This not only signifies an innovation in waterproof sandpaper manufacturing technology but also caters to the special requirements of ultra-fine grinding and polishing in various industries.

3. Enhanced Flexibility and Wear Resistance:

- Epoxy resin, being a linear structure polymer material, when combined with a relatively soft curing agent and properly formulated, results in a high-grade waterproof sandpaper that is both wear-resistant and flexible. It excels in complex surface grinding and polishing, particularly for uneven surfaces.

4. Long-Term Stability:

- After curing, epoxy resin exhibits stable performance. Under normal conditions, it does not experience severe hardening or brittleness during long-term storage.

5. Reduced Environmental Impact:

- High-grade waterproof sandpaper with epoxy resin binders does not produce the strong and often irritating paint odor associated with alkyd resin binder waterproof sandpaper. This mitigates environmental pollution and safeguards the health of workers.

High-grade waterproof sandpaper represented a significant leap in performance and quality compared to traditional waterproof sandpaper. It opened up vast prospects for the traditional waterproof sandpaper industry in China. Following in the footsteps of high-grade all-resin sand cloth and high-strength sand belts, it has become yet another innovative product experiencing rapid development.

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