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How to Clean a Clogged Sanding Belt

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Author Name: The Sandpaper Man
Posted: Nov 12, 2021 11:46 AM
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Synopsis: Read this article to find out how best to clean your clogged up sandpaper belts.

How to Clean a Clogged Sandpaper Belt?

Over time, as you continually use your sanding belts you will find that they begin to clog up, particularly if you are sanding softwoods such as pine. Clogging occurs due to the heat which is generated throughout sanding which causes various materials to soften, resulting in residue sticking to the surface of the belt, and accumulating dust and debris. The use of clogged sanding belts will result in your sanding jobs becoming less efficient. In addition, the clogged material can also scratch or burn your workpieces and leave an inferior quality finish. 

Luckily, we have something that can help with this! Sanding belts can be cleaned and reused relatively easily and cheaply. The time and money which you will spend cleaning clogged sanding belts will be minimal compared to the cost of replacing the entire sanding belt. If you get into the habit of cleaning your sanding belt after each use, you can save yourself money and extend the life of your sanding belt significantly.

The Sandpaper Man stocks a Norton Abrasive Restorer Cleaning Stick for use on clogged sanding belts. Our cleaning sticks are made of a rubber material and are 220 x 30 x 40 mm in size. They look like long, large erasers. To use this cleaning stick to clean clogged sanding belts you simply need to turn on your belt sander and run the cleaning stick backward and forwards across the belt surface whilst it is in motion. The abrasive will eat away at the cleaning stick and remove the clogged-up residue from between the grit. You should keep moving the cleaning stick in this motion until all the built-up residue has been cleaned away. Whilst you are doing this, ensure that both the machine and cleaning stick are securely held. Avoid applying too much force on the cleaning stick as you use it since it could result in catching on the belt which may damage the machine or cause injuries. You should be letting the sander do most of the work for you when cleaning.

Once the sanding belt looks clean, turn the machine off and check the sanding belt from any residual build-up. If you can still see residual dust, you should turn the sanding machine back on and repeat the cleaning process. The belt should clear up after a few rotations but if it does not then it may be time to replace the sanding belt. 

Purchase one of our Norton Abrasive Restorer Cleaning sticks now and start saving yourself time and money! 

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