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Old 05-27-2010, 06:52 PM   #1
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I just got 2 15.5Gal kegs that Im going to convert into brew kettles and I was wondering a few things before I start. First of all, the kegs are in great condition and I have already had the tops plasma cut off. I have not cleaned the cuts up with a grinder yet but I have the 4 angle grinder that I will use. My questions are mostly about sanding the Kegs down and making them look a little nicer. What sand paper should I use?
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********* Also I have not decided if I want to shoot for a mirror finish or not. So if you know how to do a mirror finish please send me some pictures or a video on how to do it. I was also wondering about SS keg cleaning.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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Check the DIY section of the forum for Bobby_M's instructions on shining up your kegs (under the project locater). I would paste a link if I could figure out how to... Complete A to Z on how to make them look like a mirror. Awesome
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:59 PM   #3
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:01 PM   #4
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I'm going to be hand sanding and I need to know about grit and all that.

 
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Old 05-28-2010, 12:14 AM   #5
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I'm going to be hand sanding and I need to know about grit and all that.
do you mean you'll be using your angle grinder? that's a hell of a workout sanding 2 kegs by hand...

Bobby_M also has an excellent YouTube video going through the process:

http://www.youtube.com/user/BobbyFromNJ#p/u/14/9Ln-plGzVc4

 
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:45 AM   #6
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Do NOT use sandpaper. Watch Bobby's video and read that thread. You want to buy the Gator Grit stuff from Lowes. Its awesome. I'm in the process of polishing mine and they are almost to the mirror finish.

 
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Old 05-31-2010, 04:43 PM   #7
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Ok, I'm glad I asked. So are there different Gator grit pads? Like a rough to fine line of pads?

 
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:10 PM   #8
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I found the Gator surface finishing disk pack at Lows.com and also the Gator grit polishing disc... Are these what I need? The Gator grit finishing pack comes with two discs, one tough sandpaper ane one smooth finish...

 
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:16 PM   #9
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Are you talking about cleaning up the cuts with sandpaper? If so, that is what I did and just used some coarse sandpaper (not sure the grit as it was what I had lying around for my belt sander). It took like 10 minutes to clean up both keg cuts after deburring with a rat tail file. I tried to dress them up with the grinder but it seemed that hitting the underside of the cut with the grinder and throwing bits of metal out was semi-dangerous.
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:27 PM   #10
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I was talking about polishing my kegs

 
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