MIRKA CASE STUDIES - Q&A

Following the roll-out of Mirka products across Dulux Decorator Centre stores, we asked three professional painters and decorators to try out the popular Mirka DEROS electric sander.

Stuart Mawson from SJM D├ęcor Services in North Yorkshire invested in a Mirka DEROS and Handy Sanding Kit last year.

How long have you been a painter and decorator?
14 years.

What kind of work do you undertake?
We mostly do restoration, renovation and residential jobs.

What percentage of your work do you currently use the Mirka DEROS sander on?
We use the DEROS a lot - on about 80% of our work, mostly for internal electric sanding. Using the sander also means we're saving about 50% of our clean-up time, as it doesn't leave much mess behind.

Provide the top three reasons why you prefer to use a Mirka DEROS sander?
1. Quality of finish
2. Airborne dust removed
3. Health reasons, for both me and the customer.

Rank in order of importance to you the advantages of using a Mirka DEROS sander
1. Labour saving
2. Clean air
3. Less mess
4. Smooth finish
5. Fast

Do you think the DEROS is an expensive option?
No. While there is an initial outlay, the DEROS sander pays for itself over time, and it is definitely worth the expense.

How easy was it to operate the Mirka DEROS?
It's really easy.

Do you have any tips for painters and decorators who have recently purchased a DEROS?
Make sure that the pad saver is attached, as it protects the backing pad from wear and tear, meaning it lasts longer.

What types of jobs wouldn't you use a DEROS sander on?
I wouldn't use the DEROS sander on rough external surfaces - it might damage the machine. It is better suited to internal surface, where you can expect a high quality finish.


Chris Wilkinson from Wilkinson & Sons in Leeds tried the Mirka DEROS sander for the first time at Dulux Decorator Centre.

How long have you been a painter and decorator?
16 years.

What kind of work do you undertake?
All types of work - from residential to commercial, to interior and exterior work.

Do you currently own an electric sander?
No, I use an apprentice!

How long does it take you to clean up after each job?
Depending on the type of job, cleaning up after each job can take at least an hour, sometimes more.

Provide the top three reasons why you would purchase use a Mirka DEROS sander?
1. Easy to use
2. Saves money
3. Saves time - I would estimate that it would save about 30% of my clean-up time

How easy was it to operate the Mirka DEROS?
When I tried the sander, it seemed really easy to set up and use.

Steve Gear, painter and decorator at Booths Building in Leeds also tried the Mirka sander for the first time.

How long have you been a painter and decorator?
26 years.

What kind of work do you undertake?
All types of work - both residential and commercial.

Do you currently own an electric sander?
I do, but I've been considering buying a Mirka DEROS so this is a good opportunity to try it.

What are the main reasons for buying a Mirka DEROS?
1. Dust-free
2. Less mess
3. Saves time - it would cut my time on each job by half

How easy was it to operate the Mirka DEROS?
It wasn't difficult at all - it was easy to use

Do you think it's an expensive method?
No - it's worth the money for all the time that is saved on cleaning up afterwards.

Posted at 12:03pm

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