backing pads

Premium Backing Pads for Pro-Level Sanding & Grinding

Empire Abrasives high-quality backing pads are designed to enhance your sanding and polishing projects. Our extensive collection of backing pads is engineered to be compatible with a wide range of sanders and grinders, making swapping discs hassle-free. From DIYers to professional craftsmen, our backing pads provide the durability, flexibility, and performance you need to achieve flawless finishes on various materials.

Types of Backing Pads: 

Empire Abrasives' wide range of sanding disc backing pads were designed to be used with various types and sizes of sanding discs. Each type of backing pad is designed to be used with different types of abrasives and have unique features to optimize your sanding tasks.

Roll-On Backing Pads:

  • A great option for quickly changing sanding discs and sanding contoured surfaces.
  • The twist-on/twist-off locking functionality provides a secure grip that’s easy to remove when necessary.

Resin Fiber Backing Pads:

  • Exceptionally durable and rigid for heavy-duty grinding and sanding.
  • Designed for extended disc life and aggressive material removal.
  • Include cooling features such as spiral ribs or air holes to dissipate heat and prevent disc warping and material damage.

Semi-Flex Disc Backing Pads:

  • Used with semi-flex discs to provide the right amount of flexibility and support for contour sanding and working on curved surfaces.
  • Features a rubber backing to minimize vibrations and spiral ribbing to increase airflow.
  • Perfect for blending, adhesive removal, and working on contoured surfaces in a wide range of applications, including auto body work and metal fabrication.

DA Sander Pads:

  • Designed for use with dual-action (DA) random orbital sanders.
  • Uses either hook-and-loop (like Velcro®) for quick abrasive changes or Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) for for maximum disc adhesion.
  • Available with or without dust extraction vacuum holes for a cleaner work environment.

Backing Pads with Removable Foam Layers:

  • The additional cushioning helps the abrasives conform to surfaces making them a great choice for intricate sanding tasks.
  • The foam backing absorbs vibrations, resulting in a smoother sanding and a finer finish.
  • Helps you get a finer finish on delicate surfaces when woodworking, finishing composites, and for automotive refinishing. 

Backing Pad FAQ 

  • Q: Can I use these backing pads with my existing sander?
    • A: Our backing pads are designed for universal compatibility with sanders from popular brands like DeWalt, Dynabrade, Bosch, and more. Check the specifications for attachment type and size compatibility.
  • Q: How do I choose the right backing pad for my project?
    • A: The choice depends on the material you're working with and the finish you're aiming for. Hook and loop pads offer quick disc changes, while PSA pads provide a firmer grip.
  • Q: What is the difference between hook and loop and PSA backing pads?
    • A: Hook and loop backing pads allow for quick and easy disc changes, making them ideal for jobs requiring multiple grits. PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) pads offer a firm adhesion, suitable for tasks needing consistent pressure and a secure disc attachment.
  • Q: Why do some sanding discs have holes, and how does this affect the choice of backing pad?
    • A: Discs with holes are designed for dust extraction during sanding. When using these sanding discs with vacuum holes, use a backing pad with a matching hole pattern. Backing pads with dust collection holes help create a cleaner workspace, reduce airborne particles, and may extend the lifespan of your sanding discs.
  • Q: How often should I replace my backing pad?
    • A: Replace your backing pad when it shows signs of wear and tear, such as a damaged hook-and-loop surface, warping, or excessive buildup of debris. These factors can compromise performance and safety.

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