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Scotch-Brite belt conditioning

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Robert Erickson, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. Robert Erickson

    Robert Erickson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 2, 2014
    I have some Scotch-Brite belts that I've been using for a few months now that seemed to be getting clogged. My questions are: 1) when do you know they are unusable? and 2) can I use a rubber belt "eraser" like I use on regular belts or some other means of re-conditioning them?
    Or do I just bite the bullet and buy new ones when the scratch pattern seems irregular?
     
  2. They don't last forever but they do last for a while. I did some searches on the matter here and I found that a couple guys were mixing up dawn dish detergent with water in a five gallon bucket and soaking them in it for a day or two. They said it brought them back to life nicely. I haven't tried this yet so I can't say for sure.
     
  3. Burton Harruff

    Burton Harruff

    Oct 1, 2007
    I like to give it a spray of wd 40 once it starts running. Seems to cut nice might just be in my head though. Give it a try.
     
  4. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    +1. This is exactly what I do. It works.

    The WD40 trick works well also.

    I replace my SB belts maybe once every year or so.
     
  5. Robert Erickson

    Robert Erickson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 2, 2014
    Thanks everyone, I'll give those things a try!
     

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