July 7, 2009

Gator Zip Sand-BLOCK

Gator_zip_block.JPGGator, a company intent on advancing every single aspect of the sanding world, has released yet another grit-tastic innovation (our reviews of the Zip Sander, Micro Zip Sander, and Sanding Sponge Holder). Their new Sand-Block seems to take the best characteristics of sandpaper and sanding sponges and combine them into one single mighty sanding warhorse. Sounds good to us, but from the picture it looks like the edges don't have any grit on them, which is too bad seeing as we use sponge edges to sand little molding profiles and things like that. But still the longevity of sandpaper compared to sanding sponges makes us likely to go out and pick up a few of these.

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DAYTON, OHIO, June 2009 - Ali Industries is shaking up the sanding world again. Following their 2008 introduction of the award-winning Zip® Sander and Zip® Sponge Holder, the company is introducing the first new thing in sanding sponge technology in years: the Zip® Sand-BLOCK sanding sponge.

This new sanding sponge is a completely new technology that provides the convenience and versatility of a sanding sponge with the performance of sandpaper. The Zip® Sand-BLOCK sanding sponge is made with a premium quality grit and backing, which means faster sanding than a regular sanding sponge and longer sponge life. The premium sandpaper is attached to high quality foam that is durable and comfortable.

"The way traditional sanding sponges are made has always meant that they cannot perform as well as good quality sandpaper," said Gary Carter, Director of Marketing for Ali Industries. "What we've done is put the sandpaper on the sponge, not the grit or grain in the sponge. So you get everything you like about sanding with a sponge, but the performance of sandpaper."

All kinds of people - from do-it-yourselfers to professional contractors - use sanding sponges because they are easy to use and easy to replace. You can rinse them out when they load up, and when one wears out you just pick up another one and keep going. They can be used for dry or wet sanding and rough to fine sanding on wood, metal, fiberglass, drywall and paint.

The same is true of the new Zip® Sand-BLOCK sanding sponge. Even better, you can use it with the Zip® Sponge Holder, which features a rigid, durable plastic holder base that snugly grips the sanding sponge. Its ergonomically shaped handle design, is soft and squeezable, and keeps the user's hand from coming in contact with the sanding sponge, offering a comfortable, effective sanding experience that eliminates the scrape and wear on a user's hands.

In addition, the new Zip® Sand-BLOCK features the popular Gator® Finishing System, which uses a number-coded and color-coded sandpaper identification system, making it easy for the first time do-it-yourselfer and the seasoned woodworker to use the right sandpaper grit every step of the way. Step 1 is color-coded green for stripping and includes 80 grit; Step 2 is color-coded orange for sanding and includes 120 grit; Step 3 is color-coded gold for fine finishing and includes grits of 220 and 320.

The Zip® Sand-BLOCK sanding sponge can be found nationwide at select retailers for around $7.00 per two-pack. To learn more or find a retailer near you, please visit www.zipsander.com or call 1-800-255-4748.

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