Removing old sandpaper attached to disc sanders with pressure-sensitive glue can become a headache, especially when the adhesive won't release.

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Removing old sandpaper attached to disc sanders with pressure-sensitive glue can become a headache, especially when the adhesive won't release. Eventually, the paper tears and pulls apart and leaves a mess on the metal mounting plate. There has to be an easier way!

TIP: Use heat to soften the adhesive. The heat source can be a handheld hair dryer as shown above, a heat gun, or even a heat lamp. Apply heat directly to the sanding disc in a waving motion that covers the entire disc. Test periodically by lifting the disc, and use more heat if necessary.
—Steve E. Miller, Dallas, Ore.