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Forum topic by rustfever posted 12-14-2015 04:20 AM 713 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rustfever

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12-14-2015 04:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sander

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 just learned that you CAN clean and restore sanding medium.

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


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#1 posted 12-14-2015 04:33 AM

You were told right. I have a small wide belt sand (15’‘). I’ve spray on simple green full strength, wait 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off with a garden hose. Never had to go the the car wash. Learn this back in 2000 not long after I bought my machine.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#2 posted 12-14-2015 11:15 AM

Use a sneaker while its running. They sell those blocks of rubber too but old sneakers are free.

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#3 posted 12-14-2015 01:14 PM

I’ve never heard of the pressure washer trick, (sounds great), but I use the rubber blocks and sometimes they won’t take off the pitch or burn. The rubber is great for pulling out all the dust from the grain of the paper.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#4 posted 12-14-2015 01:21 PM

I use a crep block. Works great. Lee valley

-- rob, ont,canada

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#5 posted 12-14-2015 06:40 PM

Sometimes use the rubber blocks aren’t enough and the belts need washed.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#6 posted 12-14-2015 08:41 PM

Great tip Ira.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#7 posted 12-15-2015 03:57 AM

I am fearful of using ‘erasers’ to clean a running sanding belt. My Lobo would require placing my arm about 18” into a running machine. The risk of getting my arm ripped off could be very high.

The pressure washer seems to really remove pitch in just a moment. Simple Green makes the whole process much faster.

Therefore, I will forgo erasers and continue pressure washer and Simple Green. Especailly since it only takes a couple of minutes to fully clean a belt when it is remove and you use the pressure washer.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#8 posted 12-15-2015 07:00 PM

Ira, I believe that they make those cleaning erasers in big sheets to run through your wide belt sander.

Just so you don’t need to be out of touch of us normal people with our small sanders.

Have a Merry Christmas and I haven’t forgotten about your Salt and Pepper shakers. I’m guessing the wood is all air dried by now. I’m moving to VA from DE and hopefully I’ll get the new shop set up soon.

Karson

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#9 posted 12-19-2015 04:35 AM

Hey mods, another ‘bot slipped through ^

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