When you’re looking at buying a new tool, there is so much information to sift through! It’s so hard to know exactly what you really need. So today I’m sharing exactly what you need to get started with a SurfPrep Sander.
I have the 3″ x 4″ Electric Ray SurfPrep Sander with Vacuum Capabilities. I LOVE it!
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If you’re still on the fence, scroll to the bottom and click on the links to my other posts with my honest review, and what happened when I put the SurfPrep sander to the test!
SurfPrep Sanding System
To start out, the sanding system found here is the best way to start out. It’s basically a starter kit that comes with:
- the sander of your choice (I chose 3″ x 4″ Electric Ray Vacuum Compatible).
- a variety pack of foam pads (the 5mm, 10mm and 1/2″ pads in a variety of grits)
- Film Sheets (in a variety of grits)
- a Pad Saver
- and an Interface Pad.
Below is a better explanation of each product in the Sanding System, and then the other accessories I bought.
SurfPrep Electric Ray Sander
This is the sander that I have. They also have an air sander that has to be hooked up to an air compressor. I don’t have a large air compressor, so I chose the Electric Ray, which is just a fancy way of saying that it plugs into your wall just like a regular sander.
I chose the 3″ x 4″ sander with vacuum capability because I love the rectangular shape to get into corners, and I didn’t want anything that was very big.
These are the main reason that I got the SurfPrep sander in the beginning! They are flexible foam pads that allow you to easily sand things with curves and details.
They come in different thicknesses and density. The 1/2″ thick foam pad is more flexible and less dense than the 10mm and the 5mm foam pads.
The 10mm and 5mm foam pads don’t have the flexibility that I’m needing in most of my detail sanding. But if you’re sanding cabinet doors, watch this quick SurfPrep video on how the 10mm foam pads really come in handy!
The film sheets are basically what you’re used to putting on your orbital sander. They have a hook and loop (velcro) back to easily attach them to the sander (same concept as the foam pads).
They come in the regular grit ranges and have a professional, longer lasting grit!
The pad saver should be used under the film sheets to help protect the pad (the red pad on the bottom of the sander) from getting ruined.
I love this thing! Basically it turns your film sheets into a foam pad! I’m not exactly sure what the density is compared to the foam pads, but it’s very similar to the 1/2″ foam pads.
So you can attach the soft (grey) interface pad to the sander, and then attach a film sheet of your choice to the interface pad. Voila! You have a foam pad with your choice of grit!
The other great thing about the interface pad is that you can attach a foam pad to it!
So you can get about twice as much flexibility out of your 1/2″ foam pad!
It’s perfect for when you need more flexibility for sanding around things like turned legs.
One end of the flexible vacuum hose easily twists into the sander, while the other twists into the hose reducer.
Then the hose reducer slides snuggly over my orange Ridgid Shop-Vac hose.
They have a variety of hoses and attachments to fit any shop vac or dust collection system too!
I also bought some extra 1/2″ foam pads and more film sheets in the grits that I use the most often.
Remember, you can always purchase more accessories later!
After you try out the different types of abrasives for yourself, you can always go back and purchase more of what you will actually use.
Also, SurfPrep has amazing customer service, so if you have any questions about any of their products, they are quick and happy to help you make the right choices for your needs.
I actually had a couple of extra vacuum parts in my cart, but when I told them what I was about to purchase, they steered me in the right (cheaper) direction that was best for me.
If you are still on the fence about purchasing your own SurfPrep Sander, check out
- my completely honest SurfPrep Electric Sander Review here
- and what happened when we put it to the test here
- Or check out this Budget Friendly SurfPrep Sander Alternative
Where to Buy SurfPrep Sander
I’ve linked to all of the products throughout this post. They all lead directly to SurfPrep’s website where you can buy the SurfPrep Sander and accessories.