Most decorators have never bought a dustless sanding system as they are a relatively new thing in the UK and the traditional teaching methods would not include machinery. However almost everyone who has purchased a Mirka Sanding System or equivalent always has the same response "I wish i had done it sooner".
This article is designed to give decorators an incite as to pro's & cons over dustless sanding.
What are the benefits?
•Much Quicker Process (time is money). Once you have used the Mirka Deros you will be amazed at how fast you can sand a wall down. Rather than rubbing down surfaces for a long time you can glide over for a few seconds and the surface is ready for painting.
•Cleaner & Better Air (If you breath dust in all day thats not good for you plus it's an extra selling point for your customers as it stops the house getting covered in dust)
•Better Finish. (this isn't to say you cant get a great finish without a dustless sander because we have survived a long time without machinery however if you asked a joiner not to use a power tool how long would he last?)
What are the con's?
•Money! To get a decent setup brand new your looking at around £700 upwards! When your used to buying a 5mtr Yellow roll of sandpaper for a fiver this can sound astronomical...
•The unit is quite large and can take space up in the back of the van.
Whats the cost?
If you want to keep cost down then you can just buy a sander and attach to your Henry or other Hoover.
The benefit of using a Mirka Dust Extractor is the whole thing works in sync. So when you switch the sander on the dust extractor automatically comes on, if you use a standard hoover you will need to keep turning on and off manually, might sound simple but if you are up a ladder etc it could be annoying.
Here is a typical Setup Cost which includes a Sander, plenty of pads, hose & dust extractor.
Mirka 1025L Dust Extractor = £249
Mirka Deros 5650CV Deco Kit = £469
TOTAL COST = £718
PLEASE NOTE IF YOU DO BUY A MIRKA SYSTEM MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER ONLINE AS YOU WILL RECEIVE 3 YEARS WARRANTY! IF YOU FOR GET TO RESISTER YOU WILL GET 2 YEARS AS LONG AS YOU KEEP PROOF OF PURCHASE.
If your still unsure take some time to search youtube & see the product in action or try to visit a Mirka Demo day.
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