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Old March 16th, 2008, 05:49 PM   #1
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Exclamation Polishing Wheels

I had recently bought some orange cannibals off of ebay and I wanted to create a video on how to do this. Without a cameraman that could get the angles I was asking for and the time frame I had to do them... I opted for pictures.

These wheels were heavily oxidized but were otherwise in good shape.





I started this process by getting all of my stuff together, which includes my impact drill, mandrel, water, emery cloth, wet/dry sand paper, Mother's polish and alcohol pads.


I am also in the process of re-editing this post. I had a short time to do it and I need to refine it a little.






I insert the mandrel into the wheel and then I start to work on the wheel.





Only a couple of the wheels needed the use of the 240 grit emery cloth, and it was used with very light pressure for a very short period of time. This is the finished result of the 240 grit. I used very little water and I use it mainly to wash out the spoil from the cloth. Water will also break down the glue in the emery cloth, so you must work with purpose or find some wet/dry in that grit.


Then I used the same method for the 400 grit.



Then the 2000 grit wet/ dry with lots of water.



Then after I'm satisfied with the finish, I use the Mother's



After I finished the front and back side of all 8 wheels, I used the alcohol pads to clean the urethane with and mounted them. The finish looks nice but could have looked better. I was in a rush to finish the wheels before the sun went down and I wanted them on my skates for last nights session.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #2
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THATS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS ALOT FOR SHARING

btw where could someone find that attachment at? and what sizes would you need ??
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Old March 16th, 2008, 06:19 PM   #3
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DUDE, Imma just send you all my wheels... lol

The only thing lacking for me though is that Mandrel for the wheels. Where to pick up? Lowes? Snap-On?
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Old March 16th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #4
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Wow!! Thoes look great.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #5
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WOW! Those look SWEET

I am gradually working on my, hopefully I can get them to shine like that only using a dremmel and polish discs and mothers...
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Old March 16th, 2008, 06:44 PM   #6
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WOW! Those look SWEET

I am gradually working on my, hopefully I can get them to shine like that only using a dremmel and polish discs and mothers...
I tried, it does ok. But it is better if the wheel is spinning and not the other way around... Even with the right size polishing pads, hard to get in the inner part of the wheel without eating up the pads lol...
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Old March 16th, 2008, 06:57 PM   #7
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Wow, M R shiny!

Mother's Polish rocks. There's almost nothing you can't shine with it.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:32 PM   #8
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You just created a market.. welcome to the world of skate wheel polishing.

GOd I wish I knew you about 4 years ago.. I had two sets of cannibals.. lips.. orange turbos.. and black fans that could have used your touch.. **all since sold**

you do very nice work.. impressive!

Now.. if you can regrove them as well *if needed*.. youd have a complete wheel referb package you could offer..
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It would be so cool also if he would actually reply LOL
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Old March 16th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #10
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DUDE, Imma just send you all my wheels... lol

The only thing lacking for me though is that Mandrel for the wheels. Where to pick up? Lowes? Snap-On?
I actually made the mandrel on the lathe, the hex hole is a result of drilling my shaft after the o.d. was turned (21.88mm), then I parted a 6mm "washer" and turned down a bolt to fit the hole. I then tig welded the two together and faced the end. The mandrel bore is tapped to the tpi on the bolt. This is also stainless steel construction. I made it a couple of years ago at work when I made the jump bars and plates that are inside my skates. I really need to rebuild my plates. I want to make some pivot cups out of Hydex and some cushion retainers out of stainless and see how they work.

Still these are not as clean as they could be.

I'm actually looking at manufacturing/ repairing obsolete and broken skate parts along with designs for new wheels in the near future. It's one of the main reasons why I'm working on a engineering degree.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 11:50 PM   #11
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They sure are pretty!
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Old March 16th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #12
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I think an enterprising machinist could sell a dozen or so of those mandrels right here...
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Old March 17th, 2008, 12:39 AM   #13
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Yes!!!!!!!

I would buy two of them!
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I think an enterprising machinist could sell a dozen or so of those mandrels right here...
im down for one as well, heck i think you can sell 2 dozen here on the forum..!!
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Old March 17th, 2008, 12:43 AM   #15
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I think an enterprising machinist could sell a dozen or so of those mandrels right here...

Yeah but most machinists make a lot more than someone would give em for a mandrel lol...
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Old March 17th, 2008, 02:04 AM   #16
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Yeah but most machinists make a lot more than someone would give em for a mandrel lol...
Nobody's gonna get rich selling these. It would just be a hobby project for somebody who likes to tinker with stuff like this anyhow. I imagine they could make back their costs no problem, but if you factored in market rate labor cost, no way.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 02:57 AM   #17
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Why not use some junk that is laying around the house to make a mandrel?

Ingredients:
- old 608 bearings out of the inlines. I mean really, who uses inlines
- 1/4-20 nut and bolt
- misc washers

Here is the 'mandrel' without the wheel. I just chuck up on the threads. Not exactly rocket science.



Mandrel in the wheel:



Ready to go:





For better results, old junky bearings are recommended. The bearings could be filled with JB Weld or any other substance to keep them from rolling.

I certainly would not use this set up for machine work, but for polishing, it will work fine.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 03:33 AM   #18
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Both set ups are most innovative---Good work.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 03:56 AM   #19
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Thanks.

l2edl2azor's mandrel is way nicer, and something I would have made if I was going to polish a lot of wheels.

Mine is low budget alternative, but it works.
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I made the low budget one too to re-groove my wheels.
They are not perfect...but they are good.
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