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Harbor Freight and buffing compounds 1 year 1 week ago #12862

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So I'm at Harbor Freight tools and I see all kind of buffing compounds.

I have the WEP Propac 2 what suggestions do you guys have in regards to the compounds I should get that will fill in my stropping?

Also should I get balsa strops or another set of leather.

The compounds they have are Black, White, Red, Blue, Green and Brown.

$5 each ( or $4 with my 20% coupon).
Thank you,
Marc
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Harbor Freight and buffing compounds 1 year 1 week ago #12864

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MarcSimon wrote:
So I'm at Harbor Freight tools and I see all kind of buffing compounds.

I have the WEP Propac 2 what suggestions do you guys have in regards to the compounds I should get that will fill in my stropping?

Also should I get balsa strops or another set of leather.

The compounds they have are Black, White, Red, Blue, Green and Brown.

$5 each ( or $4 with my 20% coupon).
Thank you,
Marc

Those are pretty good I have only used the two whites and a green. If it were up to me? :unsure: Clay offers some sweet diamond paste. One of my fav combo's is to use the balsa with 14/10 then finish off with the 5um on either the leather or Roo. B) The roo is especially nice! I can make a hair "pop" by touching the blade. :ohmy: Of coarse the Ken Schwartz 1/.25 will make for a screaming sharp blade, :cheer: but there is some thing about 14/10 balsa w/5 diamond that makes a great slicing knife! :woohoo: Funny if I continue with the 3.5 diamond paste it cuts the hair but does not pop?
Qualify hair popping here...coticule.be/hanging-hair-test.html
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Harbor Freight and buffing compounds 1 year 1 week ago #12866

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I think (Eamon knows this) that there can be many different compounds that are white, or any other color.
I have HF1 and 525 that are both white, way different grit size.

Usually Black is the most coarse, then brown, white, green (often called stainless steel polishing), red, (should be jewelers rouge, but there are many grades of that), blue (general purpose polishing, not much abrasive at all).

Jewelers rouge typically is rated about 5 microns, but has a range of grits depending on the grade that you buy. For what they charge, the HF stuff is probably all over the place.

Don't buy any of them. Get a quality abrasive with a known concentration and grit range.

Eamon is using his, as am I "white" compound on a belts sander... big difference from precision stropping on the WEPS!!!


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So I'm at Harbor Freight tools and I see all kind of buffing compounds.

I have the WEP Propac 2 what suggestions do you guys have in regards to the compounds I should get that will fill in my stropping?

Also should I get balsa strops or another set of leather.

The compounds they have are Black, White, Red, Blue, Green and Brown.

$5 each ( or $4 with my 20% coupon).
Thank you,
Marc
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Harbor Freight and buffing compounds 1 year 1 week ago #12870

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One other thing to add..
Those compounds are made for power buffers, They are usually wax based... or something like that. They instruct you to hold them against a power buffer, usually at around 3700 RPM.. so that they melt on to the wheel.

It is really hard to get a decent coat of that stuff on a WEPS paddle with leather or anything else that it not moving at high speed relative to the steel.

I have tried... mixing with mineral spirits and heating to make a paste of the "right" consistency.
I did this for bench strops, just to find out how it would work... it sucks!!!

Not worth it for what you want to do... stropping with the WEPS.

If you get the WEPS pastes or diamond sprays, or CROX2 or CBN from Hands American, or Ken Schwartz. You get known quality materials that are designed for stropping knives.

Save yourself all of the grief and experimentation (and cost in dollars and time) that I have gone through... just get the good stuff to begin with!
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Harbor Freight and buffing compounds 1 year 1 week ago #12871

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PhilipPasteur wrote:
One other thing to add..
Those compounds are made for power buffers, They are usually wax based... or something like that. They instruct you to hold them against a power buffer, usually at around 3700 RPM.. so that they melt on to the wheel.

It is really hard to get a decent coat of that stuff on a WEPS paddle with leather or anything else.

For grins I tried the "white" #525 on a piece of leather the other night (it was kinda like a bench strop?:S ) and it failed or shall we say it did not work for poop!
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Harbor Freight and buffing compounds 1 year 1 week ago #12872

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as mentioned... that stuff is designed for power tools... either buffers or belt grinders with leather belts.. there is the need for speed here

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Harbor Freight and buffing compounds 1 year 1 week ago #12879

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PhilipPasteur wrote:
Don't buy any of them. Get a quality abrasive with a known concentration and grit range.

I'd 2nd this, and add, some of the cheap bars have a tendency to not stick well and come off like a powder... and get on other strops and areas you don't want.
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Harbor Freight and buffing compounds 1 year 1 week ago #12890

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I hate you guys for being right.
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Marc
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Harbor Freight and buffing compounds 1 year 1 week ago #12891

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Why??
Did you buy some?
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Harbor Freight and buffing compounds 1 year 1 week ago #12892

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MarcSimon wrote:
I hate you guys for being right.
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Marc

HaHa don't feel bad if you did? :S As in all things in my life I have to learn the hard way? :S Now when Curtis, Mark, Phil or Clay says "ya know should tap your head three times, then rub your belly and then .... :P That's what I do cause it is the easier, softer way to get things done. :)
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