Versatile Tools for Tough Surfaces

Problematic or changing surfaces call for these durable, versatile tools.
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1. ALL-PURPOSE SANDERSegue easily between sanding rough surfaces and smooth with the Rotex RO90 DX-FEQ. The multi-mode sander can switch from circular to delta pads in seconds, without tools. Settings include random orbital, polishing, and a gear-driven aggressive mode that removes stubborn finishes. $460. Festool USA, (888) 337-8600,

The ingenious Black & Silver 5-in-1 multi-tool handles detail work like scraping and wall prep. It includes a 2 " high-carbon steel scraper blade, putty remover, half-round cutout, and a sharp point for opening cracks. The fat end opens paint-can lids. $5.29. Hyde Tools,
(800) 872-4933,

The Restorer Tool makes short work of hard-to-remove materials, from paint and varnish to ceramic coatings, on surfaces that are curved, wet, or dry. It can be fitted with any type of roller from abrasives to a wire wheel. $99. Porter-Cable, (888) 848-5175,

Concealer Clear safety goggles keep your eyes covered and your vision clear while you work with dust and debris. The ANSI-compliant, polycarbonate lenses have an anti-fog coating and are hard-coated for superior scratch protection. Ventilation channels allow breathability. $9.99. DeWalt, (800) 433-9258,

The 7" brick-weight, large-tang pointing trowel is from the notable maker of masonry pointing tools W. Rose. The heat-tempered, forged-steel blade is versatile enough for repair work as well as small brick jobs. It’s hand-polished to keep the mortar centered on the blade. $37.80. Kraft Tool, (800) 422-2448, 

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