Replacing the Backing Pad on an Orbital Disc Sander

Several years ago, my husband and I purchased an orbital disc sander with a hook and loop backing pad.  I love this sander.  The hook and loop makes it incredibly easy to swap out the sand paper, and the random orbital sander makes sanding surfaces go really fast.  Unfortunately, I was overzealous once and didn’t realize there wasn’t a sanding disc on the sander and I started sanding.  The hook and loops were now very, very clogged.  It still worked for a while, but during a difficult sanding project recently, I couldn’t get the discs to stick AT ALL.

I bemoaned the thought of having to buy a new sander when this one worked fine (other than some velcro-like hook and loops wearing out).  I turned to the internet and found some painful suggestions about removing the backing bad and gluing on new velcro.  Ick.  But then, I found this replacement backing pad!  I wasn’t positive it would work with my sander since it appeared some screws were exposed, but I decided to give it a try.

Sure enough!  I poked through to some screws on the worn out backing pad, and installed the new backing pad in it’s place.  Easiest. Thing. Ever.

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And now my orbital sander is just like new again!