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Forum topic by Occie gilliam posted 11-11-2009 09:16 PM 8379 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Occie gilliam

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11-11-2009 09:16 PM

What do you folks know about cleaning sanding belts with household ammonia high presses water rinse ?


-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 09:23 PM

hi occie .

i have never heard of that .

only the rubber ’ erasers ’ .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-11-2009 09:31 PM

like patron said…grab a rubber cleaning like a charm

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 11-11-2009 09:45 PM

Yep, the rubber cleaning block is the quickest and easiest thing to do.

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#4 posted 11-11-2009 09:58 PM

I clean the strips I use on my drum sander with a 50 – 50 solution of lacquer thinner and mineral spirits. I make enough to put in a coffee can so it will cover the rolled up strip and let it soak overnight, then after I let it drip dry back into the coffee can I put it back on the drum sander and run the crepe rubber cleaner over it.
Works great and I have cleaned some belts at least four times.
Not sure how that would effect the glued joint belts though.

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#5 posted 11-11-2009 09:59 PM

Rubber cleaning block, crepe soled shoes or something similar. Won’t belts tend to delaminate if they get wet?

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#6 posted 11-11-2009 10:14 PM

The handle of an old toothbrush works too.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#7 posted 11-12-2009 02:05 AM

sanding eraser blocks get the at rockler or harbour frieght AND they don’t smell.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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Occie gilliam

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#8 posted 11-12-2009 02:13 AM

i will check yours out also Dez.
hi Dave P and glad you are doing well Mark
Jackass, (wow its nice to be able to call in a friendly tone) i used all my used tooth bruses on my babdsaw.

I bought this information about the ammonia treatment from a guy on ebay for ten bucks.

he shows pictures of cleaning big $80 belts the size of fifth five gal drums.
the pictures showed it working like a charm. i would post the pictures but i feel
it wouldn’t be fair. the add said he would give me a full refund it i don’t feel i got my money worth.
I’m haven’t made up my mind about the refund.
and don’t try to sell a bridge or two…............. Occie

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#9 posted 11-12-2009 04:29 AM

On my Performax I use the cleaning blocks. On the wide belt I take them off, carry then outside and spray 409 or whatever is the closest. I soak the belts with it and let it soak for a few minutes and then hit them with a pressure washer. Works like a charm and have used regular isopropyl alcohol which cleans as good as anything. Just be careful if the belts are cloth backed. I know some guys that carry their belts to a pressure car wash and do the same thing, another uses the old rubber bumper guards off cars.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#10 posted 11-13-2009 04:52 PM

here is a write up i did on this , its my news letter and its the forth article , but i will caution you , to do it out side , and also caution you that even the vapors from the acid will rust any metal, it can cause rust on your tools if you do it inside your shop …so be careful .. but on the really tough stuff it sure works well..check it out

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#11 posted 11-13-2009 07:24 PM

It’s hard to imagine anything easier,faster, or more reasonably priced than one of those rubber sanding eraser blocks….it literally takes a few seconds, and they only cost a few bucks. Works well on any sander.

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#12 posted 11-13-2009 08:05 PM

i agree, but on drum and wide belt they dont remove the burns, reason for my post

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#13 posted 04-26-2013 02:25 AM

I have a delta drum sander and used an 80 grit belt. It also gummed up and burnt the wood I was sanding. I tried the rubber block with little success. I then talked to the guy that works TOOLs at the local hardware store. He recommended to TURN THE POWER OFF and take a wire brush and hit the gum buildup at a 45 degree angle with the bristles. This action causes the gum buildup to flake off. It took about 5 mins to go all the way around drum. The grit did not look any worse for wear. I tried it out on a 16” wide soft maple board and it worked great – no burn marks.

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#14 posted 04-27-2013 01:46 AM

I know this is a very old thread but I do have a good method for removing those burn areas on drum sander paper (crepe blocks won’t touch them!) I roll my paper up and put it in a quart jar of Simple Green, leave it for 24 hours, and spray off with hot water. That usually gets it clean but if any crud remains, a brass brush will loosen it where it will rinse off.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 04-27-2013 01:51 AM

Simple Green and water 50/50 makes a great lubricant for sharpening any blade on DMT stones. So buy it for the sharpening and use it also for cleaning the sanding belts..

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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