View Full Version : Cleaning diamond laps (or wheels for that matter)

11-11-2007, 01:38 AM
How do you clean a diamond lap (or wheel) that's gotten loaded up with material. I've got some of the littl 1/4" EZ laps I use for touching up carbide lathe tooling. But, I also use it for touching up HSS finishing tools and super hard carbon steel. I think that's the culprit, but not sure what to do. A friend gave me a piece of "white stone" and that seems to help. But I wonder if there are other options that might work better?

Paul Alciatore
11-11-2007, 02:07 AM
Good question. I don't have any professional answer, but I have used pencil erasers and Scotch tape. The method for using the eraser is obvious. And they don't seem to damage the diamond surface with moderate pressure.

The Scotch tape is just stuck onto the surface and then peeled off. Much of the crud will come with it. Repeat as needed with fresh tape. Masking tape will work also.

Old timers, be gentle. Don't flame me too much.

Forrest Addy
11-11-2007, 03:51 AM
WD-40 works good. Maybe a soft brush.

11-11-2007, 09:21 AM
I've used detergent and water, with an old toothbrush.

11-11-2007, 09:58 AM
To clean a diamond wheel use a chunk of a silicon carbide wheel and use that to dress it. It won't actually "dress" the wheel but will remove whatever is clogging it.

11-11-2007, 12:36 PM
WD-40 works good. Maybe a soft brush.

This is the method I use. A little WD-40 on the lap when in use as well.

11-11-2007, 08:44 PM
A coat of wax beforeuse is best on laps.