Micro-Mesh™ is what we like to call a non-abrasive abrasive. It is considered a cushioned abrasive in fact.
Conventional sandpaper is designed to be aggressive so that it will dig deeply into the surface that is being worked on. Sandpaper is manufactured so that the crystals are electrically charged so that they will stand up. They are locked into a hard resin and when you apply the paper to a surface it will literally tear in and remove the material you are sanding. The crystals cut in a negative raking motion, leaving inconsistent scratch patterns.
Micro-Mesh™ does the opposite. The backing is long lasting cloth to which an ultra-flexible cushioning layer is applied. This cushioning layer will determine how far forward you can push crystals before they will penetrate the cushioning layer. On top of this layer, we have a very resilient glue, not a hard resin, but a completely flexible glue that will hold the crystals while allowing it to move and rotate. The crystals can turn in any direction without coming loose. When you start to apply pressure to use the Micro-Mesh™, the crystals will go into the cushioning layer while beginning to work. If you push harder, they will go further into the cushioning layer, which serves as a safety valve. It determines how much pressure you can exert in a doward direction. Instead of a deep scratch that sandpaper makes, Micro-Mesh™ produces a more refined and smooth surface. The cushioning layer also allows the crystals to cut with a planing motion that leaves an extremely smooth surface and allows you to achieve extraordinary levels of gloss.
Sold in 1 inch x 12 inch strips.