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Old 01-04-2013, 07:17 PM   #461
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I did one of my three. I did coarse, medium, and then fine. Hit it with #2 and then #5 sticks. It is still scratched up from the gator pads. Dunno what the deal is. I think I am going to get a 120 grit flap disc and go after it again then the fine pad. I kinda like the swirly brushed finish on them.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:35 PM   #462
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So I am having insane troubles with this stuff. The gator pads immediately start leaving black marks, especially the fine grit one. No matter if its a brand new one or not. Wtf? I was going to stop at fine grit as I like the brushed finish. Any ideas?

A 40 grit diablo flap disc makes short work of the raised lettering as well. I followed it up with a 60, 80, 120, then the fine grit gator pad.

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So I am having insane troubles with this stuff. The gator pads immediately start leaving black marks, especially the fine grit one. No matter if its a brand new one or not. Wtf? I was going to stop at fine grit as I like the brushed finish. Any ideas?

A 40 grit diablo flap disc makes short work of the raised lettering as well. I followed it up with a 60, 80, 120, then the fine grit gator pad.
Use paint thinner and a rag to remove the black stuff.
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So I am having insane troubles with this stuff. The gator pads immediately start leaving black marks, especially the fine grit one. No matter if its a brand new one or not. Wtf? I was going to stop at fine grit as I like the brushed finish. Any ideas?

A 40 grit diablo flap disc makes short work of the raised lettering as well. I followed it up with a 60, 80, 120, then the fine grit gator pad.
Never had that happen with mine. Maybe you're pushing them into the steel too hard.

I've had some build-up when using the buffing pads. Easy to remove once you apply more compound to the pad and go over that area again lightly.

IMO, proper tool use resolves 99% of the issues.
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Whether I barely apply any pressure or apply a decent amount it still makes marks. Paint thinner, adhesive remover and brake cleaner won't touch em. Trust me, I know my way around a grinder! I'll try and post up some pictures tomorrow.

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Whether I barely apply any pressure or apply a decent amount it still makes marks. Paint thinner, adhesive remover and brake cleaner won't touch em. Trust me, I know my way around a grinder! I'll try and post up some pictures tomorrow.
If the marks are like that, then there's something else going on. I didn't have that issue with either of the kegs I've polished up. I am thinking about doing a brushed finish on the next one though.
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I wonder if its not bluing from heat or something like that.... But I constantly move the pad around to prevent heat build up.

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I wonder if its not bluing from heat or something like that.... But I constantly move the pad around to prevent heat build up.
It would take a LOT of heat to cause that. Which would mean you're pressing far too hard on the keg with the disc. Without knowing how you're placing the pad against the keg side, it could be the center ring (securing the pad to the backing) that's hitting the keg causing the marks. Although I tend to think it's not.
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Definitely not the center ring. And it is black marking with just the weight of the grinder and no input from me. I usually do the pressure so the grinder slows down a tiny bit, no more. I am resigned to just finishing the other kegs with the flap disc and trying this some other time with stuff from caswell plating. I'm not throwing any more money at gator grits.

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Definitely not the center ring. And it is black marking with just the weight of the grinder and no input from me. I usually do the pressure so the grinder slows down a tiny bit, no more. I am resigned to just finishing the other kegs with the flap disc and trying this some other time with stuff from caswell plating. I'm not throwing any more money at gator grits.
Are these sandpaper type pads to the nylon type pads? I've used the nylon pads followed by buffing pads. If these are grit based (sandpaper) then that could be at least part of the issue.
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