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Cleaning DMT Stones - steel wool?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I find that 1/2 denatured alcohol/1/2 water (my basic lubricant for diamonds) and steel wool works very well to clean my DMT diamond stones.

Am I damaging them? The recommended thing is a nylon brush, but it just doesn't get them clean enough and the steel wool does. Fine steel wool by the way.
post #2 of 13
I don't like steel wool much in general. It's messy, gets all over everything, and can cause rust if it embeds itselfin what you're using it on. I don't mind the synthetic steel wool though.

I use a small brass brush on mine. They aren't that expensive that I can't afford to replace them, but I really try to take care of my tools & equipment - longevity being chief among those things.
post #3 of 13
I would not use metal on metal.
A toothbrush.
When working with them, i keep the "files"
in a jar of 50/50 water/alcohol mix.
If they are not cleaning up enough, they
probably are not being cleaned often enough.
post #4 of 13
If you aren't using alcohol, water, or a solution of the two when using your stone you are probably ruining your stones. If you keep them wet when doing the work they clean up very easily (wipe off with a cotton rag). I would not use steel wool on them because it will change the surface texture (as that is what steel wool is designed to do), and you could risk turning your blue stone into a red stone...
Later
GREG
post #5 of 13
File card+running tap+paper towel+elbow grease=clean stone

get a card, turn on a sink, scrub the stone under the running water, wipe it off a few times in the process, and you've got a clean stone buddy.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
ok, so i cleaned all my stones before I posted this with steel wool. wish me luck i guess.
post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by John J View Post
I would not use metal on metal.
Isn't that what diamond stones are for? :
post #8 of 13
the best way to clean DMT stones is with a rubber belt cleaner I got this one at my local skateboard shop they are used for cleaning the grip tape.
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post #9 of 13
I have some info on the care and use of diamond stones on this page:

http://www.racewax.com/servlet/the-template/ttfaqs/Page
post #10 of 13

Abrasive belt/diamond cleaner

Good suggestion nlee. Rockler has Abrasive Belt Sticks on sale for $2.99.

I ordered some and will carry them as a good all purpose tool cleaner. Nylon fiber pads are also good all around cleaning pad for bases, scrapers and tools, as are soft brass and soft and stiff nylon brushes. I'd also avoid the steel wool as mentioned above.
post #11 of 13
nlee, nice Moonflex set.

side note: does anybody still buy the old-school diamond stones w/ the dots of stone all across it like a checkerboard?
post #12 of 13
Yes, I sell a few hundred per year. Moon's are better but for the not so serious the DMT dotted ones are fine; they are priced much lower.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Doctor D View Post
Yes, I sell a few hundred per year. Moon's are better but for the not so serious the DMT dotted ones are fine; they are priced much lower.
I have 600, 400, and 100 grit moonflex stones, they're real nice.
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