Laundry Day for Sanding Belts

Here’s a neat tip to extend the life of those gunked-up sanding belts youre probably holding over the trashcan right now.

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Travis Larson sent us a neat tip to extend the life of those gunked-up sanding belts youre probably holding over the trashcan right now.

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Fill a bucket with hot water and laundry detergent, mix well, then toss in the pitch-covered, burned-out belts. Let them soak for several minutes, then scrub off the loosened debris with a stiff-bristled plastic brush. Set the belts aside, and when theyre dry, cut them into wide strips for sanding blocks or narrower pieces for freehand use on delicate or hard-to-reach sanding jobs. Resist the temptation to put the belts back on your power sanders; just use them for hand-sanding.

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