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Grinding with Angle Grinder and causing dust storm!

Discussion in 'General Airbrush Discussion' started by Hatpin, Jul 11, 2017.


  1. Hatpin

    Hatpin Young Tutorling

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    Hello - I'm hoping someone can help. I'm grinding aluminum with an angle grinding (wearing glasses and mask of course). When I'm done grinding the piece looks great, but my studio is a dust covered mess! I bought one of those little "dust covers" to go over the grinder which hooks into a vacuum, but the bristles are now making a mess and I have a hard time controlling the angle of the grinder with it on.

    How do people that do a lot of grinding before painting keep the dust contained? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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    Not much you can do except grind in a place that is easy to clean up. Don't grind in the same area as you paint as it is likely to contaminate the area.
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    When I'm doing something with alot of dust wood or metal I buy those 99 cent plastic sheets from Lowes and create a little area. Masking tape holds everything in place. If you've ever seen the show Dexter, you're basically doing the same thing.

    I had a job this winter that was tig welding an entire twin turbo intercooler piping and dual exhaust out of aluminum and had to grind back and polish the entire system and it kept the rest of my shop very clean.
    It's a little bit of work but so much easier then cleaning the dust from everything when you grind.

    Depending on the piece and grinder you can also keep the plate submerged in water, just enough to cover the piece.
    I grind daily on a precision grinder with a oil/water system and there is no dust.
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    How big are the pieces your grinding?
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    Don't do it in the same place you paint. I just go outside.
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