How To Restore a Buffing Wheel - Clean and remove caked up compound using a rake - KRVR Chef Knives
At the Soul Built workshop, we use these buffers and cloth wheels to put the final polish on the KRVR Chef Knife handles. The problem is that the buffing wheels can get caked up with compound if too much is applied. Then it will harden and can scratch instead of polish the handle. The caked up compound needs to be removed before you can continue polishing.
Also, as the buffing wheel wears down close to the stitching, it will get tighter and lose its fluffiness and become more rigid. Cutting off a ring of stitching will allow the buffing wheel to regain its fluffiness and softness. I use this 6in x 1in Wide (70 ply) Cotton Buffing Wheels which is the perfect width for polishing the handles.
For polishing plastic, a variable speed buffer is required, otherwise, the plastic will be damaged. I typically use a buffing speed of 1600 RPM, and sometimes down to 900 RPM for light polishing. I use this Palmgren 6in Variable Speed Buffer. It works amazingly well.
Thinner buffing wheels can also be stacked to create thicker ones. For example, you could use 4 x 1/4in wide buffing wheels to make a 1in wide stack.
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