Renewing Diamond Pads
After a period of use
on a reciprolap, the cutting and grinding
performance of a diamond pad will start to deteriorate. Rather
than throw the pad away, it's possible to renew it by following this
Start with a dry pad.
Take a carborundum stone and rub it forcefully across the pad.
You want to make a series of "spokes" that radiate from the center
of the pad to the outside. Do this all the way around the pad.
The objective is the
break the surface of the pad and create new fractures in
the diamonds. This exposes fresh sharp edges. Once you have
"treated" the entire surface of the pad, turn the machine on
and flush the pad thoroughly with lots of water.
This treatment will shortens the
life of a pad, but it makes sense for pads that weren't working well
anyway. After a period time, the pad will stop working and
you'll need to go through the process again. And then again
until the pad finally wears out totally.
Copyright 2006 Brad Walker.
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