Cleaning of buffing wheels

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brownsfn2

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Like Chris said sand paper works. I have used 80 grit before with no problems. I also have a rake but be careful. They are really aggressive.
 
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I use a piece of 2x4. If you are getting regular build up then you are using too much compound on the wheels. It only takes a little to get the job done.
I use a piece of wood about the thickness of a paint stirrer. Hold it at an downward angle with the wheel spinning. Don't use a lot of force and it will clean off the excess on the wheel. I've never used a rake so I have no idea of how well or how it works.
 

SteveG

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I bought the rake offered by Caswell. It works very well, and quickly. If fact, it is easy to over-do the buff cleaning process with it, so a light touch with a steady hand/grip is what works.
 

mbroberg

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I've always used sandpaper. The rake must work great since it seems to be the recognized method of cleaning the wheels, but I'm wondering about putting a metal object against the wheel. Wouldn't that turn the wheel black like other metal objects tend to do?
 

SteveG

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I've always used sandpaper. The rake must work great since it seems to be the recognized method of cleaning the wheels, but I'm wondering about putting a metal object against the wheel. Wouldn't that turn the wheel black like other metal objects tend to do?
The rake I have just leaves a clean buff. I think the black residue comes from metal wearing from the bushing on to the buff, whereas the rake is doing just the opposite...taking off buff material. Anyhow, it works!
 
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