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Velcro Orbital Sander Pad Replacement – Easy Steps & Video

EASY steps & video for DIY Velcro orbital sander pad replacement. This 5 inch, 8 hole Velcro pad works for most orbital sanders: Dewalt, Bosch, Hitachi, Black & Decker, etc.

Orbital Sander Pad Replacement

Hi guys! Today I’ve got the quick and easy to follow steps to replace a Velcro orbital sander pad. I’m changing out the Velcro pad on my Dewalt.

But, these exact steps work for any 5 inch, 8 hole orbital sander. It’s a commonly used part on most orbital sanders.

I love my Dewalt Orbital Sander. It’s easy to use and it makes quick work of sanding everything smooth. But, like any tool, it does require a little maintenance.

Image of a Velcro Orbital Sander Pad before replacement.
Look at how worn out my orbital sander backer pad was! The velcro completely peeled off.

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You’ll have to replace the Velcro pad as it wears out. Luckily, it’s a pretty easy DIY for anyone with a few common tools.

This Sanding Pad Replacement Part works on a few different orbital sanders, like Porter Cable and Makita Orbital Sanders.

Quick and Easy to follow guide for Dewalt Sanding Pad Repair. With Written Steps and Video for Velcro Pad Replacement for an Orbital Sander. How to replace the velcro sanding pad on an orbital sander.
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Check the description on the Amazon listing to see if this pad is compatible with your brand of orbital sander.

When I bought my velcro replacement pad, it was around $8.50. This replacement sander pad seems to be more durable than the original part that came with my Dewalt Orbital Sander.

The sides on the original velcro pad were softer and splinters eventually broke through it. The sides on the replacement part seem stronger. So, I am pretty hopeful that it will last even longer than the original.

Here’s a look at my Dewalt Orbital Sander on a DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top I made recently. How pretty is that Cedar?!

Now, let’s get to that DIY Velcro Orbital Sanding Pad Replacement Guide.

Can You Replace The Velcro Pad On An Orbital Sander

Yes, you can replace the velcro pad on an orbital sander. And, it’s a pretty easy fix. The velcro covered pad on an orbital sander can and should be replaced as it wears out.

Watch this short video to see a step by step Velcro Orbital Sander Pad Replacement. Or scroll down to read what you need to do.

Dewalt Sander Pad Replacement - Easy 5 inch 8 Hole Orbital Sanding Pad Repair

How Do You Change The Backing Pad On An Orbital Sander?

The velcro pad on an orbital sander will wear out with use. If you’re rough on sanders, like me, the sanding pad might even start to fall apart from sanding really rough wood.

You can find replacement velcro pads for most orbital sanders online.

For this Dewalt Orbital Sander, I used a T20 Bit (star) to remove the pad on the orbital sander. BUT, you have to turn the screws in the opposite direction you normally would. So, turn right to loosen and left to tighten.

Because the Velcro orbital sander pad is a spinning part, it works like the tire on a car. The screws have to work in the opposite direction so that they don’t unscrew while the sander is running.

This DIY Velcro Orbital Sander Pad Replacement is super easy. You just need to have the right bit and replacement backer pad.

While you have the backing pad off for your Orbital Sander, go ahead and gently clean out any dust inside with a clean paint brush. This’ll just help keep all of the moving parts in that sander running longer.

Once it’s all clean, screw on the replacement orbital sander pad. Easy peasy, right?!

Why Won’t My Sandpaper Stick To My Sander

If your sandpaper won’t stick to the velcro pad on your sander, it’s probably caused by one of three things.

First, the Velcro pad is worn out and needs to be replaced. Follow the Orbital Sander Pad Replacement steps above.

Quick and Easy to follow guide for Dewalt Sanding Pad Repair. With Written Steps and Video for Velcro Pad Replacement for an Orbital Sander. How to replace the velcro sanding pad on an orbital sander.
This pad was totally falling apart after some heavy use on rough wood. I’ve since bought a Dewalt Electric Hand Planer for cleaning up rough wood before sanding. It’s making life so much easier!

Second, the velcro pad is dirty and needs to be cleaned. Use a shop vac or soft bristle brush, like an old toothbrush, to remove the built up dust and gunk in the pad.

And, the third reason why your sandpaper won’t stick to the velcro pad is the sandpaper itself.

Unfortunately, the sandpaper will lose the ability to stick to the velcro after a certain amount of use. You can make it last longer by not pressing down too hard on the surface you are sanding.

But, eventually it will fall off and won’t stick to the velcro anymore. Luckily, you can find low cost sanding discs if you shop around. I like this box of 72 Orbital Sanding Discs I found for about $10 on Amazon.

Quick and Easy to follow guide for Dewalt Sanding Pad Repair. With Written Steps and Video for Velcro Pad Replacement for an Orbital Sander. How to replace the velcro sanding pad on an orbital sander.
Don’t forget to Save this DIY on Pinterest.

Well, that’s it for this Orbital Sanding Pad Repair and Replacement Guide. If you love home improvement projects as much as I do, check out these DIY Home Improvement videos here, on my YouTube channel. 🙂

How to Replace an Orbital Sander Sanding Pad

Quick and Easy to follow guide for Dewalt Sanding Pad Repair. With Written Steps and Video for Velcro Pad Replacement for an Orbital Sander. How to replace the velcro sanding pad on an orbital sander.
Quick and easy to follow guide for Dewalt Sanding Pad Repair and Velcro Pad Replacement for an Orbital Sander.

Instructions

How Do You Change The Pad On An Orbital Sander?

The velcro pad on an orbital sander will wear out with use. If you’re rough on sanders, like me, the sanding pad might even start to fall apart from sanding really rough wood. You can find replacement velcro pads for most orbital sanders online.

  1. For this Dewalt Orbital Sander, I used a T20 Bit (star) to remove the pad on the orbital sander. BUT, you have to turn the screws in the opposite direction you normally would. So, turn right to loosen and left to tighten. Because the orbital sanding pad is a spinning part, it works like the tire on a car, and the screws have to work in the opposite direction so that they don’t unscrew while the sander is running.
  2. While you have the pad off for your Dewalt Sanding Pad Repair and replacement, go ahead and gently clean out any dust inside with a clean paint brush. This’ll just help keep all of the moving parts in that sander running longer.
  3. Using the same screws, screw on the new replacement sanding pad.

Notes

Why Won’t My Sandpaper Stick To My Sander

If your sandpaper won’t stick to the velcro pad on your sander, it’s probably caused by one of three things. First, the velcro pad is worn out and needs to be replaced, as shown in the Dewalt Sanding Pad Repair guide above.

Second, the velcro pad is dirty and needs to be cleaned. Use a shop vac or soft bristle brush, like an old toothbrush, to remove the built up dust and gunk in the pad.

And, the third reason why your sandpaper won’t stick to the velcro pad is the sandpaper itself. Unfortunately, the sandpaper will lose the ability to stick to the velcro after a certain amount of use. You can make it last longer by not pressing down too hard on the surface you are sanding.

But, eventually it will fall off and won’t stick to the velcro anymore. Luckily, you can find low cost sanding discs if you shop around. I like this box of 72 Orbital Sanding Discs I found for about $10 on Amazon.


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