What should I use to clean my bandsaw tyres that have sawdust imbedded
on them. I have carefully scraped the heavier bits off but don't want to
damage the surface of the rubber.
Methylated spirits, turps, etc...?
Since you may already have it in the shop, alcohol works good as a cleaner
for rubber/most synthetic parts.
I used 99% isopropyl for years for cleaning heads, transport guides,
capstans and pinch rollers for tape decks in the recording studio. AAMOF, it
was the active ingredient of many of the more expensive head and roller
cleaners back in the old days of analog recording.
I've also used it on my band saw tires with no problems for years ... outta
the same bottle I use to cut my shellac.
Just do NOT use "acetone" ... :(
Not sure if it would clean bandsaw tires, but I had an inkjet printer
that wouldn't grab paper to feed it. I found somewhere on the internet
that recommended cleaning the rubber wheels with half & half windex and
water using a Q-tip. Worked great and the paper has been feeding
without a hitch.
I just watched Duginske's video, which I recommend highly.
One way he does it is to attach some 100 grit sandpaper to a long flat
stick, like a 2 x 3, and turns the wheels to abrade them smooth, while
preserving the curve.
The point of the long stick, maybe 14 inches, is to keep your hand
away from the spinning wheels.
If these are truly rubber, do not use isopropyl alcohol. Wood alcohol
(methanol) won't hurt the rubber but should not come in contact with
skin and is poisonous. I glue some sandpaper onto a stick and use
that to clean the surface. I have a brass wire brush that leans
against the tire as it rotates. That, with good DC suction, sawdust
can be kept under control.
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