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Belt Sander

Post by Maadman » Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:56 pm

I've heard you can use a wood belt sander to remove dross from metal. Anyone ever try it? Would love some info, so tired of flap disks!

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Re: Belt Sander

Post by acourtjester » Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:28 pm

Have you tried to use Muriatic acid and water 50/50 couple of hour dross gone. :lol:
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Re: Belt Sander

Post by Maadman » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:04 am

Thanks for the suggestion. I sure have tried it I know it works very well for many people. It was good, but not that good. I also have a metal building, it doesn't like Muriatic acid at all! I do a lot of smaller text with tight curves that produces a lot of dross. It's what I like to do, and it sells well, so I am probably always destined to have a lot of dross. I know I have heard of people successfully using wood sanders for metal. Want to give it a try, and if anyone has any tips I would love to hear them.

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Re: Belt Sander

Post by CleanCutCreations » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:51 pm

Maadman wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:04 am
Thanks for the suggestion. I sure have tried it I know it works very well for many people. It was good, but not that good. I also have a metal building, it doesn't like Muriatic acid at all! I do a lot of smaller text with tight curves that produces a lot of dross. It's what I like to do, and it sells well, so I am probably always destined to have a lot of dross. I know I have heard of people successfully using wood sanders for metal. Want to give it a try, and if anyone has any tips I would love to hear them.
I was thinking about trying that also. Did you ever try it?

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Re: Belt Sander

Post by acourtjester » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:11 pm

Have you tried to knock the dross off with a small hammer, if you strike it at an angle it will break off most of the large dross. Just work around the part with the hammer. I then use a flap wheel to clean the rest off, but the acid dip is the easiest to do.
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Re: Belt Sander

Post by Maadman » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:01 am

I've tried the hammer thing, not so hot on 14 gauge. I did try a wood sander, but it did not have a sensor to keep the sanding belt in position. That is not good! If we can keep the belt on track it works well.

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