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    Default Cleaning diamond files

    I have a number of diamond files and stones that need to be cleaned. Is there a standard procedure for this? Thanks.

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    Are they all plated single layer or resin bond?

    Perhaps use them to dress some Sic or Alox stones flat?

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    I use a pencil eraser.

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    I use Barkeepers Friend ( like Comet but without the chemicals) and make a slurry with water and rub it in with your fingers. Rinse with water. Sometimes takes a couple of applications for really dirty wheels.

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    +1 on Barkeeper's Friend. That's what we use here on the Accufinish wheels and it works a treat. Also great stuff to keep the coffee pots and stainless clean.

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    You guys did read the part of files not wheels right? It would be good to know what they are contaminated with too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidScott View Post
    ... It would be good to know what they are contaminated with too.
    That is sort of a key.
    Ultrasonic cleaners seem to work well for me on diamond plated files and regular stones.
    Even the little $40 jewelry cleaner guys although you have to watch tray size when buying such.
    Plated diamond files loaded with carbide and I use diluted phosphoric acid, stones used on steel I use dish soap and water and a longer run.
    On a diamond resin wheel I just use a stick. On plated wheels I never "clean" them.
    Bob

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    These are mostly plated although I do have some that are resin bonded. They are contaminated with carbide for sure and possibly some other alloys. I will try some of the barkeepers friend. Thanks very much for the replies.

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    I guess I do it the crude way. With spit and a wipe.

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    Gee thanks Rons. Do you wipe front to back? I actually do use spit on some of my water stones. Seems to work okay.

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    Loose abrasive on a flat plate works best for resin bond stones. What abrasive depends on the resin and size of the diamond crystals. It removes the contamination and better exposes the diamond.

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    Accufinish wheels are pretty much the same as flat plated diamond files.

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