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How to clean a buffing wheel – Easy Cleaning Tips and Tricks

A buffing wheel is a versatile tool that can be used on multiple surfaces with the help of different machines. This buffing wheel is a wheel covered with abrasive material that can be used to give the end finish of the rough surfaces by polishing, buffing, and superfinishing. The wheels are usually made of cotton, sisal, canvas, or chamois material. People generally use a buffing wheel as the last step of the finishing process to achieve a smooth finish for their workpieces. It can be used on metals, wood, and other such surfaces. 

Although it is easy to use a buffing wheel, the cleaning process for it is different from all the other tools given to its abrasive surface. To help you know the process of how to clean buffing wheels, I have shared the two ways to clean them without any hassle. 

How to clean a buffing wheel

Using a buffing wheel frequently can cause wear and tear. This friction caused due to frequent use can damage the outer periphery of the wheel and catches dirt over time. To get rid of this dirt and the damage, it is necessary to clean the buffing wheel from time to time to extend the longevity of the wheel and add a high-shine on its surface. There are some tools available that act as buffing wheel cleaning tools to clean the wheel with ease. Follow one of the below-stated methods to clean the buffing wheel:

Method 1: Using a sanding beltUsing a sanding belt

The first method to clean the buffing wheel is by using 36 grit or 60 grit sanding belts. Allow the buffing wheel to spin on its axis while pressing the sanding belt lightly pressed against the wheel. Due to the continuous movement between the wheel and sanding belt, the belt will remove a tiny amount of material from the periphery of the wheel, giving us a clean and uniform surface. The sanding belt remains unaffected as it uses tough, abrasive materials. Let it sand the wheel until it is clean and free of all the dirt. 

Method 2: Using a wheel rake 

Using a wheel rake 

The second method is to use a wheel rake specially designed to clean the buffing wheels. It consists of metal teeth and is in the form of a thick hairbrush. Wheel rake is available in different sizes depending on the specific dimensions of the buffing wheel. First, to clean the buffing wheel, allow it to spin on its axis by providing power to its rotor. Then press the wheel rake against the buffing wheel lightly for about 10 seconds. After performing this operation, inspect the rim of the wheel to check for any dirt or particles. Perform this process until the rim surface becomes uniform and free from dirt.

Now that we know its cleaning process lets quickly go through the use of a buffing wheel and the right way to use it. 

How to use a Buffing Wheel

How to use a Buffing Wheel

For using a buffing wheel, it is imperial to have a buffing compound handy to polish the surface. Depending upon the surface you are working on, you can attach this buffing wheel with several machines such as bench grinder, drill machines, hand buffing machines, and more. Once you have all the materials handy, follow this easy and step-by-step process to buff your workpieces.

  • Attach the buffing wheel to the machine or tool of your choice.
  • Clean the surfaces that you want to buff to get rid of all the dirt, dust, and unwanted particles from it.
  • Take some buffing compound and apply it to the buffing wheel.
  • Switch on the power supply for the buffing machine so that the buffing wheel starts to spin. 
  • Press the component against the revolving buff to start the process of buffing. 
  • Apply a little pressure and hold it firmly so that there is no damage to the wheel or the component.
  • Keep buffing the areas until the desired results are achieved. 

Concluding Remarks

Cleaning the buffing wheel becomes easy and quick if you have the right tools and knowledge about its procedure. The above-stated methods can help you clean the buffing wheel thoroughly, increasing its durability. Make sure to clean the buffing wheel once in a while to avoid any potential damage to it caused due to friction.

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