|Forum topic by rustfever||posted 12-14-2015 04:20 AM||773 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
12-14-2015 04:20 AM
I had been told that you can clean and re-use type X and Y cloth backed sanding belts using a pressure washer.
I have a 37” x 60” Lobo wide-belt sander and a number of $50 belts filled with sanding dust and burns/pitch. Recently I took a few belts out and pressure washed with a 2500 psi pressure washer, using a 15 degree nozzle. It took about 3 or 4 minutes to clean each belt of sanding build up AND pitch burns.
I then tried several in the LOBO and found their performance to be near equal to new belts.
I also had one very heavily burned belt that did not clean well. So I use a 50/50 solution of Simple Green and water to pre soak, for about 10 minutes and then re-cleaned with the pressure washer. Seemed to have worked great. I will try it in the LOBO next time I need a 150 grit belt, just to see how it works.
All of the belts I cleaned were 35 grit to 150 grit. Some were very lightly loaded, some very heavily pitched up. All seemed to clean well. All were either X or Y backing.
-- Rustfever, Central California