|Tips: Cleaning and Restoring Buffing Wheels|
Cleaning and Restoring Buffing Wheels
My buffing wheels have more miles on them than a used taxicab. While I appreciate their durability and results, they do require regular maintenance.
To get started, take the spindle out of the buffing wheel. If you are restoring more than one wheel at a time, label the spindles so that each spindle goes back in its proper wheel. Place each buffing wheel in a sink full of warm water to which about a tablespoon of dishwasher detergent has been added. Soak for thirty minutes.
Longer soaking may be required if the wheel is really gummy. When the buildup has softened somewhat, use a fingernail brush to scrub the outer edges that are dirty. The wheel will come clean rather easily when it has been properly soaked. I scrub around the edge from one direction, turn it over and go at it from the other direction.