The first recorded instance of sandpaper was in 13th century China when crushed shells, seeds, and sand were bonded to parchment using natural gum.

Shark skin was also used as a sandpaper. The rough scales of the living fossil Coelacanth are used by the natives of Comoros as sandpaper.

Boiled and dried, the rough horsetail is used in Japan as a traditional polishing material, finer than sandpaper.

The Many Uses of Sandpaper:

For Polishing Those Foggy Headlights
(See Video below)

Remove Scuff Marks from Suede
A little fine-grit sandpaper and a gentle touch is great for removing or at least minimizing an ink stain or small scuff mark on suede clothing or shoes. Afterward, bring up the nap with a toothbrush or nailbrush. You might avoid an expensive trip to the dry cleaner!

Sharpen Sewing Needles
Think twice before throwing out a used piece of fine-grit sandpaper; the unused edges or corners are perfect for tucking into your sewing box. Poking your sewing needles through sandpaper a few times, or twisting them inside a folded piece of sandpaper, will make them sharper than ever.

Slippery Shoes?
Sandpaper can help you fix this problem in a matter of seconds. Simply use the sandpaper to scuff the bottom of the shoe gently. This will add texture to the new shoe bottom reducing the slippery smooth edge and creating a rougher edge that will provide safer walking abilities.

Removing Grout Stain   
Are you tired of cleaning grout stains in between those tiles especially the ones on the floor and the bathroom? Sandpaper can be used to get rid of grout stains as you smooth those areas in a gentle manner. You will surely be impressed on what sandpaper can do in mere minutes that many detergents or chemicals fail to do in long hours.

For Making Artwork
Sandpapers also prove to be of great importance in making artworks. They may be commonly used by artists who dwell in mixed-media art. The simple sandpaper can add texture to their work when needed, or add softness to a very strong material, such as wood, to create contrast.

Make an Emery Board
If you don't have an emery board handy the next time you need to smooth your nails, just raid the sandpaper stash in the garage workshop. Look for a piece marked 120 grit or 150 grit on the back.

Hold Pleats While Ironing
If you’re a pleat perfectionist, keep some fine- or medium-grit sandpaper handy with your iron. Put the sandpaper under the pleat to hold it in place while you iron a nice sharp fold.

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So what other uses do YOU use sandpaper for?

Source(s):  wikipedia, woodzone.com/, rd.com/home/,

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