6 Inch Flap Wheel
Removing scratches and scrapes has never been easier! If you're going for a custom look, the Pryme flap wheel works great for sanding away casting lines too.
- Best used for removing scratches or scrapes, and blending in casting marks
- Leaves behind a brushed look, can be further finished with Pryme Cleaning Wheels
- Offered in 120 grit and 240 grit (use 120 for sanding out scratches and 240 for a smoother finish)
- 6" diameter x 1" wide (can be used on 1/2", 5/8", and 3/4" buffer shafts, select your shaft size above)
- Max RPM: 5700
- Best for aluminum, but can be used on steel, stainless steel, and brass with great results too
- Includes flap wheel and shaft adapters
- Sold individually or in a pack of 3
- Made in the USA
This wheel is similar to the fiber flap wheel, but the difference is that this wheel sands more aggressively due to having more sandpaper flaps, and also lasts a bit longer, but alternatively does not give as consistent of a finish as the fiber wheel does. The fiber flap wheel is more flexible and conforms to rounded edges better than the traditional flap wheel. Use the traditional wheel when you need to remove deep scratches and scrapes, and use the fiber flap wheel where a more consistent brushed finish is desired.Buffer motor or stand not included
Always wear a respirator and proper eye protection while using wheels!
These wheels are designed to be used on a buffing machine or bench grinder. They can be used on a machine with a 1/2", 5/8", or 3/4" shaft. For a buffing machine, you'll want at least a 1/2 HP motor that spins at 3450 or 3600 RPM. One with an extended shaft is best, so you have lots of clearance to buff your parts.
If you'll be doing lots of buffing, opt for a 3/4 HP motor. Also, a 2 speed (typically 1800/3600 RPM) machine offers more versatility and is a great option.
Personally, this is the machine I use (Baldor motor, will last a lifetime) Click Here
Some cheaper alternatives:
Eastwood Single Speed Click Here
Eastwood Dual Speed Click Here
Great Economy Buffer Click Here
If you have an existing machine but need the big washers that hold the wheels on Click Here
If you need spacers for the wheel Click Here
To extend the shaft on your buffer Click Here
To use the wheels on a drill Click Here
Lastly, whenever you're doing any sort of grinding or sanding you'll want to use eye and respiratory protection. Trust me, you do not want to be breathing in metal particles!
A great product for protecting yourself is this respirator Click Here
Alternatively, this is also a great respirator to pair up with safety glasses Click Here
Use these filters with the previously mentioned respirators Click Here
If you're doing lots of buffing, I'd recommend getting some sort of ventilation like this exhaust fan that I use Click Here
And of course, always a good idea to wear gloves Click Here
- Secure wheel to buffer shaft with the sandpaper facing the direction the wheel will be spinning. Mount wheel with an adapter flange on either side. Make sure the lip of the flange is facing in towards the wheel.
- Tighten down the nut until the wheel is secure on the shaft and doesn’t spin (use a spacer if your nut bottoms out on the threads).
- Try to sand or buff in the same direction, try to buff in the length of the part. Intersecting scratches do not look good.
- Use light pressure with the wheel or you'll wear it out prematurely. If you need to apply heavy pressure, you’ll need to go to a more aggressive wheel.
- Buffing against the direction the wheel is spinning will cut quicker, buffing with the spinning of the wheel will give a smoother finish.
- In order to make the wheels last as long as possible, stay away from sharp edges. The direction of the wheel should be spinning away from an edge and not towards it. Adjust the orientation of the part accordingly.
- To achieve a consistent brushed look on larger parts, finish by hand with a fine cleaning wheel, going in the same direction you were buffing in.
- Always wear a respirator and eye protection when using the wheels!
-Not sure what wheel you need? Use the Wheel Chart