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Cord/cordless sander for bodywork?

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Are there any good options out there?

Most of the project Itll be used for just needs a good scuffing to prep for monstaliner, BUT.. needs to be able to remove a healthy dose of surface rust off the outside of a door that wasn't primed and then got left outside.

I'm set up with ryobi batteries.. but I doubt anything they offer is up to the task of that rust removal.

I know air is still king for these things... but my compressor isn't really up to the task, and while I WOULD ideally like to upgrade to one that is.. its just not in the cards for this year.

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Apparently Ryobi has an 18V die grinder, maybe one of those with an aggressive sanding disc would take off the rust?
 

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a die grinder with sanding/ scotch-brite pads would be great for tight places and small spots. Not so good for doing whole body panels.

I would go with a corded orbital sander.
 

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I was thinking more of "rust removal" not so much "body panels"
 

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I had 2 6 cm compressors feeding one line. That works good enough to run air Sanders. You an buy a used one for.pretty damn cheap and its nor hard to fabricate a wye air line.
 

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Thanks for the input so far. Wouldn't of thought about a multi-tool so that's a wicked suggestion.

I thiiiiink I might go with whatever the hottest corded orbital is

I had 2 6 cm compressors feeding one line. That works good enough to run air Sanders. You an buy a used one for.pretty damn cheap and its nor hard to fabricate a wye air line.
I've wanted to do that for quite awhile lol. Just don't have the room in my shop (shed 😒) for two compressors unfortunately.
 

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I have a Porter Cable 1/4 sheet sander... had it for years. It just keeps going...
 

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I've used an electric corded Dual Oscillating Palm sanders for surface rust and worked well. You get to choose the grit of the sand paper so you choose how aggressive it gets but does not work well on pitts in the metal. For this I used a grinder. The upside to the Dual Oscillating Sander is that it does not leave strait scratches or gouges in the metal so it is usable for body filler and scuffing paint for good adhesion of the new paint.
 

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I have a couple corded DeWalt 1/4 sheet sanders that I use for body work. They are good for stripping paint and shaping filler but they leave a lot of pigtail scratches. Lots of hand sanding/blocking afterwards is necessary.

I use air DA sanders too, I switch back and forth often during a project.
 

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