Can I wet sand with the blocks?
Yes, absolutely! The blocks really work great for wet sanding because they float and won’t end up in the bottom of the bucket with all the contaminating dirt. Super-Flex® wet/dry sandpaper is available in grits from 400-2500.
Do the blocks come in multiple lengths?
Yes. They come in 5", 8" and 11" sets of six and individual lengths of 16", 20" and 24". Special orders are available up to 72" in length..
The blocks are super lightweight, but are they tough enough to hold up?
The blocks are extremely durable as long as you don’t catch them on a nail head or tear them on something sharp. You will find that the performance-to- weight ratio of the blocks is excellent.
How can one clean the blocks after use?
The tough skin and closed cell foam construction make for easy cleanup. Simply use water or air to clean off sanding dust as adhesive-backed sandpaper will not leave residue on the blocks. Moreover, testing has shown that even prolonged emersion in acetone and lacquer thinner will not damage the blocks.
What do the different colors signify?
The colors are distinctive to each block so that the user can immediately associate a specific block with a previous application.
Why do you recommend Super-Flex® sandpaper for use with the Style-StyxTM?
Super-Flex® paper is heavy J-weight adhesive, “cloth-backed” sandpaper that has been pre-flexed to make it pliable. Cloth-backed paper holds up much longer when sanding sharp inward corners and outside edges. Normal backed sandpaper will crack, tear and lose its abrasive grains. Super-Flex® sandpaper will still be working long after the others wear out.
What is the blue roller used for?
The roller is used while applying the sandpaper, forcing the paper down into grooves ensuring that the sandpaper hugs the Styx for accurate line definition.
What year vehicles do the Style-StyxTM cover?
Although a detailed user application guide is available to match a specific Style-Styx surface with over 2000 body lines on vehicles from 1978-2000, the Style-Styx™ will fit almost every existing body line (straight or varied) to be found on all vehicles both foreign and domestic. “There are only so many ways to bend metal.” Dave Walsh, inventor.
Why are some vehicles missing from this guide?
Specific vehicles with hard-to-repair style lines were selected to create these diverse Styx. Vehicles with smooth surfaces do not require a Styx for repair. In those instances the Soft-SandersTM would be ideal for use.
What do the different colors of the Style-StyxTM signify?
The Styx are coded to the familiar colors of the standard crash guides for ease of use. Example: Green = Ford, Purple = European.
Do I have to use SUPER-FLEX® SANDPAPER on the SOFT-SANDERS™?
No. The SUPER-FLEX® sandpaper, however, has been pre-flexed by being run through a series of rollers that bend and flex it both side-to-side and lengthwise unlike conventional abrasives on the market that, until the arrival of the SOFT-SANDERS™, have been used on blocks that have little or no ability to flex. As a result, the SUPER-FLEX®sandpaper has been put under stress so that it will be more flexible when it is applied to the SOFT-SANDERS™ which have been designed to take the shape of the surface being sanded.
Can I use SUPER-FLEX® SANDPAPER on blocks other than SOFT-SANDERS™?
Yes. Dry (cloth-backed) SUPER-FLEX® sandpaper can be used with sanding tools other than SOFT-SANDERS™; however, the SUPER-FLEX® Wet/Dry (paper) sandpaper will not adhere to porous surfaces used in many other sanding tools including those using rubber or man-made composites that look like rubber. Those made of other materials—no matter how solid they look—allow water to remain in tiny pores on the surface that precludes adhesion whereas the water on SOFT-SANDERS™ can easily be squeegeed off with one’s hand or with a piece of dry cloth (that means trouser leg for you readers who like to get things done fast and efficiently).
Can I use products other than SUPER-FLEX® SANDPAPER on the SOFT-SANDERS™?
Yes. You may use other products; however, if the alternative dry sandpaper does not have an adhesive back, it will have to be gripped continuously by the fingers of the user and will not take the shape of the surface being sanded. If the alternative dry sandpaper does have an adhesive back, it must be flexible enough to conform to the shape of the block which has been reconfigured to fit the shape of the surface being sanded and yet do so without ejecting grit and cracking and leaving a ragged edge that will damage the surface.
Why should I pay more for a piece of SUPER-FLEX® SANDPAPER when I can purchase other products for less money?
You will find that you will use many sheets of comparably sized “cheaper” dry sandpaper to do a job that you could do with one sheet of SUPER-FLEX® that will still have usable life when you are done. It won’t spit grit even when wadded up into a ball and won’t load up as the sanding debris can easily be shaken loose simply by tapping the block on a hard surface or blowing it off with air. As for wet sandpaper, there isn’t a close comparable on the market to the SUPER-FLEX® WET/DRY that ranges in grits from 400 to 2500. It adheres to the SOFT-SANDERS™ eliminating the need to constantly grip the paper against the block and can be repeatedly applied and removed with hardly any loss of adhesive capacity. It can be left on the block in water overnight and be ready to do more sanding the next day. And it also floats!