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Forum topic by Karda posted 05-18-2019 01:45 AM 502 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2019 01:45 AM

Hi, in the course of a magnets life they pic up metal filings, how can you clean these off thanks Mike


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#1 posted 05-18-2019 01:53 AM

Wrap it with cling wrap or a rag before you start. A baggie works well too.

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#2 posted 05-18-2019 01:55 AM

yea butbthat don’t get the filing off that are already there

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#3 posted 05-18-2019 01:57 AM

I’ve seen it done with wax, but other stuff like maybe glue should work as well.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 05-18-2019 02:03 AM

Wrap a bit of tape on one end and walk the filings around the corner and tape em flat and remove both pieces of tape at once with the filings.

You were never a Boy Scout LOL

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#5 posted 05-18-2019 02:41 AM

Get a lint roller, the tape kind, at target(usually in checkout line) or the pet store. Used also for getting dog hair off clothing. Look like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brite-Lint-Roller-Sheets-Total/dp/B01NB03DIX/ref=pd_aw_lpo_121_lp_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=K2A90B7DRTFYGQQBWS08

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#6 posted 05-18-2019 03:25 AM

thanks I’ll try that, no never a boyscout

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#7 posted 05-18-2019 01:04 PM

Mike, you probably don’t have an air compressor, but if you did, that’s what would do it.

For those of you that do have one, pressure at 60+ pounds will blow the stuff right off the magnet, and it will look like a brand new clean magnet when done. Ten seconds or less and it’s spotless….......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#8 posted 05-18-2019 02:33 PM

Bigger magnet :)

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#9 posted 05-18-2019 02:48 PM

I do what Jerry does.
I often find that while using rare earth magnets in some projects (doing the fitting, etc. in the shop), they pick up lots of steel wool debris from finishing jobs. A quick blast with the air compressor does the trick.

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#10 posted 05-18-2019 02:48 PM

I just wipe it with a leather glove on. Apparently I’m doing it wrong

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#11 posted 05-18-2019 09:11 PM

thanks for the suggestions, i’ll try some.

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#12 posted 05-18-2019 10:07 PM



I just wipe it with a leather glove on. Apparently I m doing it wrong

- GrantA


If you keep doing it the same way every time, and the magnet is still dirty, then you are doing it wrong. If the gloves clean the magnet for you, then you’re doing good. ...... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#13 posted 05-26-2019 02:32 AM

Get the cup magnet from lees valley that will fit into a plastic 35mm container. This magnet has a hole so you can install a long machine screw in it. Simply drill a hole to fit the screw in the lid of the 35mm container. Now pick up the metal shavings from the bottom end of the container, now hold your new tool above the garbage can and pull up on the machine screw and your metal will drop off because the magnet is raised inside the canister. I call mine the “Swarf Vac”

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#14 posted 05-26-2019 02:43 AM

thanks for all of your suggestions, the film can idea gave me an idea. I put the magnets under my grinding wheel package and all. when I need to clean it I just open the blister pack and take out the magnets. And filing don’t get inside like they do when the plastic bag get a hole in it

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#15 posted 05-26-2019 05:36 AM

Worse comes to worse, [and like Lee said] put the other, stronger magnet in zip lock and…..

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