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Rezarf
01-09-2008, 11:50 AM
I was at my local Lowes yesterday and saw a few different options for wire wheel attachments for my grinder. They had two cup styles, one was "crinkled" wire and the other "twisted" (looked like dredlocks). Which one would be better for cleaning up metal surfaces on steel? Mostly mill scale stuff and some light surface rust?

They were nearly 15 bucks a pop so I didn't want to jump without a little insight, thanks!

Drew

treerootCO
01-09-2008, 11:55 AM
Either way, wear gloves and goggles. Ask me how I know? ;)

Rezarf
01-09-2008, 11:58 AM
Ouch!

My folks bought me over a dozen sweet safety glasses for Christmas, now I have one at each tool and in each power tool case... makes it a lot harder not to use them all the time.

Drew

IanB
01-09-2008, 12:51 PM
Goggles dont cut it, get a clear face mask or you will be pulling little stainless steel wires out of your face. I also tend to wear my welding jacket now as it is almost impossible to get all the little wires out of your clothing and they will F up your washing machine.

The one with straight wires that aren't twisted is good for convoluted parts, its the most flexible. The one with with twisted wires strips faster, is good for large flat areas, but wears away the underlying steel faster. The cupped one is for getting into places the other two won't.

I generally keep all three. The cupped one lasts forever as you rarely use it, the straight wired one is the one I use the most, and the twisted wire (dreadlocked) one is what I use for large stripping jobs or heavy rust.

The Milwaukee ones seem to last the longest.

Uncle Ben
01-09-2008, 01:54 PM
Ian obviously speaks from experience! I have gotten very attached to the various "Scotch Brite" type disks! You can get large high speed as well as small disk type for die grinders. The aggressive ones will really strip rust and paint quick and wont effect your chi from incorrect acupuncture insertions! They will not last as long as a wire brush but will do nearly all the same applications! If you cut back on the flying steel your wash machine will last longer! :rolleyes: :hill:

IanB
01-09-2008, 02:06 PM
Ian obviously speaks from experience! I have gotten very attached to the various "Scotch Brite" type disks! You can get large high speed as well as small disk type for die grinders. The aggressive ones will really strip rust and paint quick and wont effect your chi from incorrect acupuncture insertions! They will not last as long as a wire brush but will do nearly all the same applications! If you cut back on the flying steel your wash machine will last longer! :rolleyes: :hill:

I need to try those.

Beater
01-09-2008, 02:06 PM
horror freight actually has the best bang for the buck on these. They have STAINLESS for less than forney, norton, gemini and others. They seem to stay together well too..

I am with UB though, ROC-LOC disc's rock

Beater
01-09-2008, 02:09 PM
Either way, wear gloves and goggles. Ask me how I know? ;)

worst one ever:

I was burnishing a table top with a 3" knotted cup. No leather apron on, just a t-shirt, gloves and glasses. I got on the wrong side of the cup, it kicked back into me, caught the t-shirt and proceeded to wind itself up in the shirt. Think the reverse of the scene in alien where the monster comes out of the chest..

I only buy grinders with non-locking triggers now....

Uncle Ben
01-09-2008, 02:30 PM
I'm completely convinced that all these rust and paint removing tools were designed by hardened criminals to change their looks and erase their fingerprints!

worst one ever:

I was burnishing a table top with a 3" knotted cup. No leather apron on, just a t-shirt, gloves and glasses. I got on the wrong side of the cup, it kicked back into me, caught the t-shirt and proceeded to wind itself up in the shirt. Think the reverse of the scene in alien where the monster comes out of the chest..

I only buy grinders with non-locking triggers now....

Rezarf
01-09-2008, 08:16 PM
I have used the scotch brite pads and like them a lot, I just wanted something that lasts a bit longer than the pads.

I will check out the options fellas, thanks! :thumb:

Drew

Shark Bait
01-09-2008, 10:01 PM
Is there one of those pads that removes decals from the painted surfaces?

Uncle Ben
01-09-2008, 10:12 PM
Is there one of those pads that removes decals from the painted surfaces?

Heat gun and/or brake clean?

Beater
01-10-2008, 07:57 AM
yeah - heat then goo off works best. NOT goo gone.. that stuff sux. just use a blow dryer. a heat gun is too hot, unless you don't care about the paint underneath. If you burn it, it will actually take longer to remove. (motorcycle decal removal 101)

j

Rzeppa
01-10-2008, 12:45 PM
I use cup type (both straight and knotted) and disk type (both straight and knotted), and also love those scotchbright wheels too. They each have their purpose, depending on the job. If you have air, the smaller ones work great on an air powered die grinder.