I have have a hook and eye orbital sander. My problem is that the sanding disc come flying off after a few minutes. Is there anything I can do to increase the duration the discs are in place ?

  • More details on the sander like model, picture, etc would be helpful. – Chetan Bhargava Sep 16 '16 at 0:15
  • Do you mean hook and loop (Velcro and similar)? I don't recognize the term "hook and eye" in conjunction with Sanders. – keshlam Sep 16 '16 at 3:44
  • Are you saying the entire pad comes off, which is a known issue with Porter Cable orbital replacement pads, or just the abrasive disc comes off of the pad? – topshot Sep 17 '16 at 0:07

Assuming you're using the correct adhesive system for the pad, there are two instances where this will happen:

1) Your pad is old and will no longer hook the loop, you'll have to replace the pad, generally about 15$ and you can easily do it yourself.

2) Your pad is incompatible with the sander you're using(rare if you're using the same system). It happens sometimes even with the same system sanders where the hooks on the sanding pad are agressive as are the loops on the disc, causing the loops to tear off the disc damaging the hooks on the pad. This may have happened in the past.

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    3) You were half-asleep and tried to stick the abrasive side of the sandpaper to the hooks. Don't ask how I know about this mistake... – keshlam Sep 16 '16 at 3:45
  • +1 on replacing the pad. I have gone through 2 pad replacements on my RO sander. Online auction sites has them really cheap and with free shipping usually. Look up the make and model number of your sander, and if need be, the type. Confirm the part number you find with a few vendors, since you are buying online and I am sure you will want to get the proper part the first time. Remove a few screws that hold the pad on and install the new one. – Jack Sep 16 '16 at 3:55

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