How do I prevent sanding sleeve from sticking to rubber drum?

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Forum topic by WoodNSawdust posted 05-25-2015 06:58 PM 611 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2015 06:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding drum sanding question

Tomorrow I will need to use the oscillating spindle sander to sand a curve smooth. After I insert the sanding sleeve / drum onto the rubber drum I have problems getting it off. Before another fight I thought I would ask if there was anything I could ahead of time to make removing the sleeve easier?

Thanks in Advance

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#1 posted 05-25-2015 07:28 PM

I’ve read (but not tried) that putting a little talcum powder on the drum first helps with this. I’ve not had one stick just after a short use, but have left a drum tightened for a while…then it becomes a headache. There are other after the act remedies. Putting the drum in the freezer (usually overnight) might help, or you could just put a hose clamp around the thing and squeeze it back enough to get the sleeve off.

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#2 posted 05-26-2015 12:09 AM

Talcum powder works as a preventive. Banging on the outside of the sleeve with a rubber mallet will loosen a stuck on one.

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#3 posted 05-26-2015 12:18 AM

Thanks Gfadvm, I got to try that tomorrow.

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#4 posted 05-26-2015 12:27 AM

You are quite welcome BurlyBob.

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#5 posted 05-26-2015 01:41 AM

I had one stuck once. Put it in the freezer for a while. I came off.

I’ve gotten in the habit of backing off the nut that squeezes the rubber as soon as I’m finished. That’s helped a lot, too.

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#6 posted 05-26-2015 04:25 PM

On smaller drum sanders I have used the compression of the rubber drum method, usually by rolling it between two small boards while compressing the rubber. Works well. Getting a new sanding sleeve on is another problem. I wet the rubber drum, usually by spiting on it (eeew!) and wiping it all around the rubber drum. Sliding the sleeve on is much easier.


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#7 posted 05-26-2015 05:40 PM

I’m in the talcum powder club. Works great and leaves a nice aroma to boot!

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