Static electricity may occur upon the use of sanding belts, which causes the dust and dirt to attract, sparks and electric shocks. Statically charged sanding dust creates major problems especially in finishing, as it is difficult to clean the surface covered with such dust.
Static electricity can be kept under control with antistatic abrasive materials. Sanding materials may have variable antistatic effect i.e., some products have antistatic backing material while others contain antistatic binders.
The advantages of using antistatic sanding belts are:
- less dust and better working environment
- dust-free sanding machine that provides better surface finish
- easier maintenance of the sanding machine
Here’s one example of the materials from Nastroflex that has the additional feature of being antistatic: