How to Put Sandpaper on an Orbital Sander

Orbital sanders are used for finishing work on hardwood floors and other surfaces. Sandpaper attaches to the rectangular pad on the bottom of the sander. The pad then moves in an irregular circling motion, making between 4,000 and 10,000 orbits per minute. The elliptical motion helps prevent damaging the wood surface, and the higher the speed, the faster the sanding is completed. An orbit sander can give a quality finish without the use of a finishing sander. Attaching sandpaper to an orbital sander is relatively easy and only takes a minute to complete.

Step 1

Turn the orbital sander on its side. Lay it down on a flat surface so the bottom can easily be reached. Locate the sandpaper on the bottom. Unplug the power cord to the sander.

Step 2

Grasp the sandpaper by any corner and pull it off of the orbital sander. Peel the old sandpaper back and completely remove it from the sander. Inspect the area where the sandpaper was located. Remove any excess debris and dirt.

Step 3

Hold the new sandpaper above the orbital sander pad, lining it up and making sure it is the proper size. Peel off the paper covering and press the sandpaper into place on the sander with the sticky side down and the sandpaper side facing out.

Step 4

Push down firmly on the sandpaper. Run your fingers over the entire area so it can adhere to the pad. Turn the sander over so it is standing upright. Plug it back in and turn it on. Test it out on a wood surface for a few minutes.

Step 5

Turn off the orbital sander and flip it over. Inspect the sandpaper and check that it is staying in place on the pad.


Alexander Callos

Alexander Callos began writing in 2005 for "The Lantern" at The Ohio State University and has written for various websites, including Bleacher Report, Top Ten Real Estate Deals and Columbus Sports. He has published articles for CBS Sports, SI.com and other websites. He graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism.