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Old 08-30-2004, 08:05 AM
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Can I Adapt My Buffer as a Scrubber?

Okay here is one of the weirder posts of the day... I want to use my electric buffer to clean the bathtub - similar to one of those B&D "Scumbusters". Does anyone know where to get cleaning pads (3M type) that I could easily adapt to use for this purpose?

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Old 08-30-2004, 08:34 AM
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I believe they have them at the hardware store. They make a tool for prepping hardwood floors that uses a similar pad, maybe that too would be an option.

Do you plan on painting that tub? If you do, get a motel for at LEAST a few days, I mean three or four. If you plan on using auto paint that is. The fumes from the flashing solvents will KILL YOU, even a few days later!
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Tha pads I've seen are all for stripping paint or scuffing steel. The pads I'm looking for would be for cleaning. They make them on hand-scrubbers, and B&D has pricey ones specially made for their scum-buster. What I'm looking for are generic cleaning-grade pads that I could use on my buffer.

No I am not painting the tub! This is a "plastic" tub..
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Sounds to me that you are looking for either blue or gray - fine or ultra fine scotchbrite. If you have or find a hook and loop backing, they will work well for polishing and cleaning. I use the ultrfine gray on my bathtub with water, and it works great.
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Old 09-01-2004, 07:34 AM
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Thanks Ron. I've been thinking of getting the sheets and cut them into circles for this purpose. Sounds like a plan!
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Back in the early eighties I lived at a place where the iron content in the water was VERY high. A glass of water looked like tea. You had to take a piece of hanger wire and clean the little holes around the underside of the toilet bowl once a month so it would flush. And heaven help the guy who let a faucet drip! The rust would be at least 1/32" thick in a few hours.

I use a Schlegle Wool pad and Barkeepers Friend mixed with Lacquer rubbing compound on my 7" buffer to clean the plastic (fiberglass) tub/shower.

Be VERY careful with Scotchbrite on plastic, or you will be thru the finish quickly.
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Old 09-02-2004, 09:04 AM
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That's interesting BOBCRMAN. I was eyeing my wool schlegel pad and thinking of trying it using Sof-Scrub. BarKeepers friend sounds like a good idea also. Maybe I'll go that route...
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Dohhhhh, buffing the gelcoat?
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Old 09-03-2004, 08:55 PM
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Try a janitorial supply store.

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