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Changing to a coarser grit on a leather strop

Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:06 pm

If I spray .25 diamond spray on a leather strop can I then spray the same strop with some .5 CBN (or coarser) expecting the coarser grit to be dominant? Even if the finer grit provides abrasive the coarser grit will leave it's effect on the edge I'm thinking. I'm thinking I could just consider this strop a .5 CBN strop as if I used the .5 when the strop was new. Is this possible or will I have just changed the strop to one that works but with less idea which abrasive to consider the strop?

I'm not asking for myself of course. I have a "friend" who accidentally sprayed the wrong spray on his strop. WHAT AN IDIOT! :)

Jack

Re: Changing to a coarser grit on a leather strop

Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:20 am

If its leather clean with lighter fluid, if its balsa sand it.

Re: Changing to a coarser grit on a leather strop

Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:52 am

...lighter fluid? Que?

Re: Changing to a coarser grit on a leather strop

Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:01 am

Lighter fluid on a rag has long been used for cleaning leather. WD-40 on a rag works too.

Re: Changing to a coarser grit on a leather strop

Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:19 am

Sounds good. Thanks a bunch.

I watched The Godfather last night. :)

Re: Changing to a coarser grit on a leather strop

Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:00 pm

Can you use lighter fluid to clean metal particles out of a leather strop? Is the small amount of steel removed during stropping anything to worry about as far as long term use of a strop? Do metal particles remain in leather clogging it over time like they do in stones?

I read once where someone sanded their leather strop. I don't remember if they sanded the rough side or the smooth side. I sanded the smooth side of some horse hide once and still use that strop. Sanding the smooth side will change the surface though. Horse being harder than cow hide makes me think it would be a better hide to sand. Cow hide may end up with a "fluffy" surface but I've never sanded cow hide that I remember.

Re: Changing to a coarser grit on a leather strop

Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:37 pm

You shouldn't sand good leather such as horse hide, it does best as-is.

Don't worry about the removed metal it comes off and won't effect anything.

Re: Changing to a coarser grit on a leather strop

Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:31 am

You could consider it a strop at the coarser grit. It isn't something I would do, but I'm a bit of a purist.

I would not use lighter fluid on leather - lighter fluid is a solvent. Compounds are particulates. Lighter fluid will not put particles in solution. I would not consider this approach. You may risk putting the solute of the compound in an unknown state and this may cause particle agglomeration problems.

On balsa, consider scraping it vs sanding it - This won't introduce possible sanding grit contamination.

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