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    Discovered a great way to clean my Atoma diamond plate.

    A pencil eraser. It removes all the metal shavings and it even removes the surface discolouration. It works a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica de Boer View Post
    A pencil eraser. It removes all the metal shavings and it even removes the surface discolouration. It works a treat.
    Trend, known for it's outrageously expensive diamond hone lapping fluid, also sells an outrageously expensive diamond hone/plate cleaner. They want $10 for a white eraser. I bought four at the dollar store for $1.

    diamond_hone_cleaner.jpg
    https://www.amazon.com/Trend-DWS-CB-.../dp/B00382WKMS

    JKJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by John K Jordan View Post
    Trend, known for it's outrageously expensive diamond hone lapping fluid, also sells an outrageously expensive diamond hone/plate cleaner. They want $10 for a white eraser. I bought four at the dollar store for $1.

    diamond_hone_cleaner.jpg
    https://www.amazon.com/Trend-DWS-CB-.../dp/B00382WKMS

    JKJ
    What a rip off. The local book store here has a big 60x40mm eraser for Ä1,50 so I bought one of those. It should last me quite some time.

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    Yes, they work well. DMT sent a white eraser like John shows with my duosharp a couple years back.
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    - Sir Edmund Burke

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    I use a pink eraser that I had laying around. Seems to work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica de Boer View Post
    What a rip off. The local book store here has a big 60x40mm eraser for Ä1,50 so I bought one of those. It should last me quite some time.
    Another really good use for white erasers is as soft sanding blocks. I use them whole and cut them into smaller pieces to get into tight places.

    sanding_soft_block.jpg

    One well-known brand is Magic Rub. I bought a box of a dozen when the price was about $5 US.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006IFAY

    Good for photographing small things like woodturnings too - I cut of little wedges to prop things up or keep them from rolling. I also occasionally use one to erase pencil lines! The best eraser to remove layout lines on chip carvings.

    JKJ

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    I've been using a sanding belt cleaner for a long time, also works great.
    The significant problems we encounter cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John K Jordan View Post
    Trend, known for it's outrageously expensive diamond hone lapping fluid, also sells an outrageously expensive diamond hone/plate cleaner. They want $10 for a white eraser. I bought four at the dollar store for $1.

    diamond_hone_cleaner.jpg
    https://www.amazon.com/Trend-DWS-CB-.../dp/B00382WKMS

    JKJ
    Not so fast, John! The ones you get from the dollar store are made in China, not Germany!!!

    The German track saw, e.g., can sell at three times the price of a similar track saw (made in Mexico? Asia?). Ask the festoolers and they will tell you if it is German, it must be darn good (false, of course)

    I clean my diamond stones with a soft brush from Lee Valley and windex. None from Germany as far as I know.

    Simon

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    Stupid question - I have always just squirted my diamond flattening stones off with a blast of water from an outside hose with a squirt attachment on it. Does that not work or am I but yet again in violation of the Woodworking Iluminati's Preferred Methods of Work? I am trying to learn, truly, just that there are so very many stobs to trip over on the trail.
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Eisenhauer View Post
    ...there are so very many stobs to trip over on the trail.
    Extra points for use of the obscure term "stob"

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    Trend's fluid is pricey. Good, but pricey.

    Buy it from the source instead.

    Engis Corp according to the MSDS http://www.trend-uk.com/en/JA/trend/content/download_file.php?file=b3NoYV9kYV9sYXBwaW5nX2ZsdWl kLnBkZg%3D%3DProbably the Hyperlube on this page or a slight private label variation. http://moldpolishing.engis.com/product/polishing-lubricant.html

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    Yes, for kerosene and naptha. And that pretty blue dye.

    https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ipcsneng/neng1379.html
    https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ipcsneng/neng1380.html


    Quote Originally Posted by Warren West View Post
    Trend's fluid is pricey. Good, but pricey.

    Buy it from the source instead.

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    I like Windex but honestly - spit works better than anything else.

    I will I’ll have to give the pencil eraser a go...

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    Iím not sure if an eraser works better than spraying it with a hose. I just use an eraser because itís easier for me to quickly do the eraser at the bench. I think the eraser works because the plates feel a lot cleaner when Iím done erasing. So a good test might be after you spray your plates do they look and feel different? Like newish?

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    Not everyone has a hose at their place of work.

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