Preparation is the key to high quality painting and decorating.
Mirka developed a dustless sanding system that quite frankly has changed decorating.
The abrasive is called Abranet, an abrasive net fabric with thousands of tiny holes.
The abrasives attach securely to a variety of velcro-backed sanding blocks, from the new two handed “Handy” to flexible foam blocks, shaped blocks, as well as high performance power sanders like the CEROS. (See reviews of CEROS from independent decorators)
There are several velcro-backed sanding blocks or sanders which will attach securely to a vacuum extractor.
95% of the dust from the sanding block is sucked straight from the surface into the safety of the extraction unit - a Henry to a full industrial vac will work.
The Abranet abrasives come in many grades, from superfine to super rough.
The dry sanding dust extraction system is industry standard in the automotive industry nowadays, but decorating is relatively new to the game.
I have used Abranet from mid 2009 on kitchen cabinets and woodwork. It was like a new beginning. And 2010 I had another leg up with the CEROS random orbital sander on ceilings and walls.
Mirka’s system is now very highly developed, and is multi faceted, with new formats and options for sanding and polishing coming out all the time. Use this thread to ask or eulogise or critique Mirka’s Abranet system.