How do you clean drill press sanding drum sleeves?

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  1. alexlaguna29

    alexlaguna29 Tele-Holic

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    Mine are getting filled up pretty fast. I refuse to believe that these not so cheap sleeves are one-time-use disposables!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. ratter

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    Google "Abrasive Cleaning Stick"
     
  3. Jeff B.

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    You could be using too fine of a grit. Try a courser sanding sleeve.
     
  4. Colt W. Knight

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    I think you are either using your sanding drum too aggressively, or you are using to fine of a grit. I use my spindles for rough work, and all my finish sanding is done by hand.

    But even using aggressive sanding sleeves, you will get build up. You can buy these large brown pencil erasers that will keep those sleeves clean. The trick is to clean the sleeves before they get a lot of build up, and clean them frequently.

    I buy mine from Harbor Freight, they are about 6$ and last a very long time.


    http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...+stick+for+abrasives&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
     
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  5. guitarbuilder

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    gum rubber belt cleaners...woodcraft. Oily woods tend to gum up the belts and sleeves faster. I've read about using oven cleaner on them but never tried it myself. I think there is also a correlation between grit sharpness and gumming up. Sleeves are cheap enough to toss out and replace in my opinion.

    Also.... don't use the sander in place of another material removal tool like a saw. Cut the excess off and just use the sander for what it was intended.
     
  6. '59_Standard

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    While surfin' -as you do- ;) ....I read a post by some guy who said: 'roll a plastic shopping bag up into a ball and put that against the drum' to clean it.

    Here you go -Post by Mike C
     
  7. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

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    If the sleeves are not paper backed, you can soak them in Simple Green overnight and they'll be as good as new in the morning. I do that with my drum sander belts, works like a champ.
     
  8. oldteleguy

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    Hi Alex,
    I've been woodworking for a very long time. The best solution I've found for gummed-up
    abrasive sleeves and belts is a fine-bristle brass brush.Cheap,lasts just about forever,and
    can be found in most any hardware store.
    Best Regards,
    Oldteleguy
     
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    Can't lay my hands on right now but there was a guy who had a tip in American Lutherie. To extend the life of his drum sanding belts, he used a Dawn product (Power something or other). To keep mine clean I use the coarsest grit I can get away with, use the gum rubber stick and keep the pressure light. I haven't found anything that will fix a burn.
     
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    we clean our disc sander at work with a piece of rubber hose (air line)
     
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    Old Desert boot soles,or crepe rubber....Lee Valley sells a drum that uses regular sandpaper
     
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    Or cut that half a caulking tube of bathtub silicone (that you let harden last year) out of the tube and use it instead of buying the Lee Valley (or other's) crepe cleaner bar.
     
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    I believe these are similar to what Colt (and others) described above, and they work great. I use them to clean all my sanding equipment after almost every use. They're less than 10 bucks and last a long time... why mess around with something that won't work as well.

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=20192&cat=1,42500

    I've been using the same one for over 6 years.
     
  14. adirondak5

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    Yep , that's what I use on my sanding drums , belts , and discs , its amazing how long your sanding drums , belts , discs will last using these.
     
  15. Colt W. Knight

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    It would be a bad idea to impregnate your guitar wood with silicon before finishing. Plus the cost the cost of silicon is so high now a days, that is more economical to actually buy the correct tool for the job.
     
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    Sometimes slower is better. I have a similar set and run around 1500 rpm.
     
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    Hey guys.....after looking in here yesterday went down to the sawdust factory armed with a couple of those plastic shopping bags from the supermarket. Balled up a bag tightly and applied to the spinning drum on the R.O.S.S. Magic!!! Removed about 80% first up. Then I used a bit of scrap black poly water pipe it worked ok as well and then a wire brush lightly and mostly gone save a few really hardened bits which I picked off with a sharpened bike spoke auger. The plastic bags heats up and goes hard and works even better after a while. They make a mess but that's what vacuum cleaners are for. Thanks Alexlaguna for the thread!!
     
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    Yeah. I use one from Lee Valley too, but trip on down to the Sally-Anne and you might find some used crepe soled shoes like you suggest. Good advice.
     
  20. R.S.Fraser Sr.

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    Waaaay back in 2011 I thought this would be a good shop trick too.
    But Colt W Knight followed up with a sensible caution.

     
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