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How to clean diamond stone - Vid

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Another lazy, quick edit by yours truly.  Been doing this for over 20 years, never had a problem.

Thanks for watching.

 

post #2 of 12

What do you use for a wax remover?  Also, what is this super super secret sauce you are using?

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Wax remover = base cleaner, its good for cleaning tools, and topsheets.  Never use it on your bases, unless you are spot cleaning chairlift grease.  Some will use it in base repair prep - but I prefer not to.  

 

Chenzo's super secret speed sauce - 100 parts water to 1 part eye of newt.  :ski

post #4 of 12
I hate my wax remover's smell (it says it's citrus, but I think it's actually solvent with a little citrus scent). I get great results by regularly spraying the stone with the same 50/50 mix of water to alcohol that I use as a filing lube, brushing with a toothbrush, then wiping the schmutz off with a towel as I work. When I'm done with the stones I plop them into a jar of lube mixture for 5-10 minutes, then give them another good scrub and wipe before letting them dry.

BTW, my Moonflex stones clean up so much better than the Swix stones I started with that I just completed my Moonflex set and will reserve the old Swix ones for smoothing deep scratches and work hardened dings.
post #5 of 12
Litterbug ya hit it on the head! I feel base cleaner breaks my down the adhesives a of the stones. Alcohol and h20 work better. When tuning I dip diamond edgers in ice water in between sessions and clean in between skis. Just like when I gind skis. It gets better cuts. Every time I do a grind session of skis ion my grinder I dump a bucket of ice in my reservoir and let run for 5 min. Same consept for cleanliness. Clean often and may the stones last longer! Happy festivess to all. ,,,,,,,
post #6 of 12

I recently used some Pedro's Oranj Peelz Degreaser to clean my stones (not diamond stones) and it worked very well.  

 

Any thoughts on whether this is similar to and/or OK to use on the diamonds?

 

http://www.rei.com/product/619933/pedros-oranj-peelz-degreaser-16-oz?s_kwcid=sRX1U94iB_dc%7Cpcrid%7C56606580485%7Cpkw%7Cpedro's%20oranj%20peelz%20degreaser%7Cpmt%7Ce%7Cgoogle%7Cmain&gclid=CJjus8mD5sICFUQV7Aod_REAbw

post #7 of 12

Not to long ago, I bought a can of Hertel base cleaner (10 oz., $19.95.)  The stuff woks great for cleaning diamond stones (I use a small brass brush) and getting wax off scrapers and stuff.  Like many of us, I do not believe in using ANY solvent/base cleaner on the base of skis.  Rather, to clean the base, I will hot scrape with paraffin from the grocery store (no colors or sent added.)

 

Anyway, upon smelling and working with the Hertel base cleaner, I concluded that it's nothing more than kerosene.  I'll probably be lambasted for this, but plain old kerosene is now what I use to get the gunk out of diamond stones and clean scrapers and such.  Because kerosene does not explode (like gasoline,) the fire issue is not great.  Kerosene, by the way, works great for starting a camp fire.  That said, I am, obviously, careful not to have any open flame when I am using kerosene - better safe than sorry.

 

My homemade "super secret sauce" for polishing and lubricating the edges is nothing more than a 50/50 solution of water and denatured alcohol with a few drops of Dawn for good measure.  This concoction is cheap and works well.

post #8 of 12

When I am on a trip I used an artificial wine cork like an eraser. When the surface gets clogged just cut some off to expose fresh surface.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
You can use anything from a pencil eraser, to a sos pad, to clean a diamond stone.

What you use to clean a stone, should be different than from what you use to lubricate a stone.
post #10 of 12

I don't know about that ^.  I use a big container of juice.  The stones are dipped in this frequently as the work is being done.  Can't have too much "juice"!   If I see anything in the stones, I hit them with the toothbrush size wire brush.  Keeps them clean always.  

 

Here is the part where I show that minus the cleaning deal.  Tons of fluid is the answer.  Then again the sidewalls must be planed back as well.  It's the plastic that clogs the stones.

 

http://youtu.be/aUZQ0isiPIQ?t=2m35s

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

your metal wire brush will remove diamonds more than a nylon (tooth) brush. 

 

as far as using the same chemical to clean and polish - would you wash and polish your car with the same chems?

post #12 of 12
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your metal wire brush will remove diamonds more than a nylon (tooth) brush. 

 

as far as using the same chemical to clean and polish - would you wash and polish your car with the same chems?


Yes, one can use a toothbrush as well.  Denatured alcohol mixed with water is safe to clean with, so yes.  One may clean them however they like.  I find little need to clean them the way I use them.  They pretty much stay clean.  Oh my......I have not washed or polished any of my cars in years!  That's something I know nothing about!

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