How does this differ from other national refinishing companies or franchises?

None of those companies use a patented system, nor come from wood refinishing backgrounds and none of them sand the wood! Experts acknowledge that in order to guarantee adhesion that chemical combined with mechanical will give superior results; while other companies only use chemical (not mechanical). Mr. Sandman, Inc. is the only company that uses mechanical sanding in conjunction with a liquid solution to guarantee adhesion and superior results.