Toughest Sandpaper for Floors: Using Norton Blaze to Sand Prefinished Floors

Prefinished floors are made to last, which makes them very difficult to sand. The finish on a prefinished floor is UV-cured and ontains pulverized aluminum oxide. When dealing with aluminum oxide finish, its composition makes it so that you’re essentially sanding sandpaper because there’s pulverized abrasive incorporated into the finish. Click here to buy Norton Blaze belts online.

Sanding prefinished wood floors is quite a task and quite a feat to undertake––usually you’ll have to go through a ton of paper. However, with Norton Blaze, it’s much easier. The mineral making up Blaze (premium ceramic alumina) is so sharp, some contractors wear gloves while putting it onto their machines!

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Norton Blaze makes sanding prefinished floors easier in many ways. One way is that the material fractures instead of dulling, creating a new, sharp edge. Another way is the actual composition of Blaze itself––the premium grade ceramic alumina is very sharp, which ensures that the abrasive has a long life and possesses premium cutting abilities.

In addition, Norton Blaze is backed with a premium cloth, which helps with the tracking of the belt.

Traditional wisdom used to be  starting with 80 grit sandpaper to “open it up” while sanding prefinished floors. However, with Norton Blaze, we recommend starting with 36 grit. Most of the time, you will find that this will get you down to bare wood. 

This is a product that will save you time and money. Due to the open-coat design of the belt, the Blaze won’t gum up with the finish as you sand, ensuring that it will outlast belts made with most other materials.

Check out the video at the top of this page to watch Joe use Norton Blaze and a Hummel to sand a prefinished maple floor. He’s able to get down to bare wood without too much effort!

Click here to buy Norton Blaze floor sanding rolls and Blaze belts in all the popular sizes, like 8 inch (7-7/8 x 29-1/2) belts, or call us at (800) 737-1786 for more information.

To browse our full selection, shop our sandpaper roll abrasive series.

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