Cleaning the abrasive tape for the sanding machine

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abrasive tape cleaningThe cleaning of the abrasive tape is an operation that occasionally becomes necessary to store them and because the tapes knead losing their abrasive capacity and must be cleaned.

There are two types of makers to simplify the use of tapes:

  • Those who always use new tapes
  • Those who use them to the last abrasive grain

Clearly I am going to extremes but surely the makers of a certain level always want to work with new tapes in order to have a good control of what they are doing and not unnecessarily overheat the blade especially after it has been hardened.

Surely abrasive belts are a cost but you should not exaggerate in wanting to use tapes that have now lost their abrasive capacity especially when the blade is in finish, it does not really make sense.

But the theme of this post can however concern the tapes that still have their efficiency but because of some processed materials are kneaded going to overlap the abrasive granules and making the tape less efficient, and that is why you have to use the para or some more home made methods to return the tape “clean”.

The kneading of the tape happens mainly using some synthetic materials and types of wood the tapes losing their abrasive capacity but it can be restored by cleaning the tape now kneaded.

To clean the abrasive belt there are various methods as I told you, from the cheapest to the most “expensive” ones.

Here are the main methods to clean an abrasive tape

  • Tape cleaning para:

This is the most professional method, the para and with a cost around 12 euros solve the problem and recover many tapes.

abrasive tape cleaning


  • Black rubber of the workraft you can find it in the brico, a pass and the abrasive tape is cleaned.
  • High-quality latex rubber that works for cleaning abrasive belt, discs and abrasive sheets and removes instructions in a simple and effective way.

Cleaning the abrasive tape for the sanding machine

  • A rubber strip made from an old air chamber for tiresi, rolled very very tight on itself and stuck at the end with duct tape. No expense and it works but if you just don’t have a para at that time because you’re done.
abrasive tape cleaning


As you can see, you have several options to clean your tapes and still be able to use them effectively.

Sometimes the tapes seem to be more worn out than they really are by still extending the duration of the tape.

Be careful not to insist because if the tape is consumed it is consumed, do not insist and consider that a tape that has little abrasion as I told you previously overheats the blade unnecessarily going to affect the quality of the blade.

If you use other methods to clean tapes let me know in the comments!

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