Taking paint off a saw blade?

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Forum topic by gypsytree posted 11-21-2015 04:08 AM 1481 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2015 04:08 AM

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I sell wood slices (tree cookies) and I just got a 14” miter saw with a 15” blade on it. It’s a red Diablo blade, and it keeps leaving horrible streaks of red paint on my slices.

Usually any paint on a saw blade will wear off with a few cuts and I just cut things that I will be sanding for the first uses until the paint wears off, but this one is painted all over, not just around the teeth, and the paint streaks just keep coming and coming. It actually seems as if it is melting off of the blade and onto the wood, because it has been pretty hard to sand off. It’s like the paint is soaking in to the wood.

Is there a safe way to remove the paint off of the blade? Mineral spirits? Some sort of solvent that won’t ruin the blade?


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#1 posted 11-21-2015 06:23 AM

The citrus degreaser from Home Depot, HDX, will remove paint on a sawblade. Spray it on, let it soak.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 11-21-2015 06:46 AM

Interesting…......I use red coated Freud 10’’ inch table saw blades all the time and the don’t leave paint on the wood. I’d call Freud and talk to them. Nothing like going to the horses mouth.

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#3 posted 11-21-2015 08:19 AM

I have a saw blade, a real old carbide one, 1/8” kerf, that was painted gray and never had this problem.

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#4 posted 11-21-2015 10:09 PM

I believe i had that happen from mine. It did stop but if it hadn’t I would have used my Acitone on it. Open air and no sparks.

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#5 posted 11-21-2015 10:38 PM

Are the saw and the blade both new? Maybe the arbor flanges are a slightly different size, the blade is slightly bent, or something else is out of enlinement.

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 12:22 AM

I think my first priority might be to take a 15” blade off of a 14” miter saw, then worry about paint.

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