08-23-2006, 05:09 PM
I want to minimize my time on buffer or totally stop using it.
I've got plain cloth 2x72 belt from TruGrit to load with compound and do "buffing"
Unfortunately it's too thin and picks up very little compound. KlingSpor used to make cork belts with no abrasive but not anymore. I tried to condition cork belt with 600 grit to remove all abrasive but it still shows scratches on a blade.
Now I am thinking about getting Hard Felt belt from here: http://www.handamerican.com/1and2scbelts.html
and see if I can load it with compound.
Please let me know if you have any advise for me.
08-23-2006, 05:14 PM
I use a felt belt for some buffing. It holds the compound very well. Remember that you will need a separate belt for each compound you intend to use and you may want some softer belts as well as the hard ones. You might check with Tru-Grit on the felt belts too, I thought that was where mine came from.
The felt belts do a good job and they are great for some things but I still have four buffering machines that get used more than the felt belts ...
08-23-2006, 06:48 PM
Ray, are your 4 machines set up for different grits, or do you also have a combo of densities, like sisel(sp?), etc. I tell you what, buffing is great, but there's a lot more to it than meets the eye. Of course there's the danger factor, we're all aware of that one (I hope). Then there's the soft cloth, and the tightly sewn fabric, then there's white, and yellow fabric. I get confused pretty quickly. Right now I have a large fluffy disk, and a tightly sewn disk, and use white abrasive on both. Why? Because I don't know any better yet.
08-23-2006, 07:26 PM
Two of my buffers are used only on metal, they are higher speed and have sewn or other firm wheels. The other two buffers are used on wood an Micarta. They generally have softer wheels and are slower machines. Each wheel is for a different compound. Since I use the same compounds on both wood and plastic, I have 4 buffs set up so that I can use firm wheels and soft wheels with the two compounds I most often use without having to take time to change wheels. Even with 8 wheels available it is possible that I may have to change a wheel once in a while but this is mostly because of metal polishing. I don't polish metal much any more but there are different compounds for carbon steel and stainless steel, and many different kinds of wheels for use on metal. I discovered that mirror finishes are sucky (just my opinion, of course) and that removed a lot of the need for me to be buffing metal ...
08-23-2006, 10:01 PM
I purchased a 3m neutral scotch brite belt from true grit, load it with Brownells 555 black. Works great!
08-23-2006, 11:28 PM
what's the item number for these 3m neutral scotch brite belt?
I cn't find them on trugrit site.
08-23-2006, 11:36 PM
I have no idea what the item number is, I just ask for them by name. If they don't have one, Bader will. Sorry I can't provide more information.