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Offline zapdafish

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I've got an ETS 150/3 and dts/400.

If yes, what accessories would  I need, pad type, abrasives etc. and what setting?

Probably going to be making some chairs soon and I really like the look of varnish on white oak.


Thanks
CT22, TS55, Kapex, RO150, Domino, RS 2 E

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Offline sheperd80

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Re: Can I use one of my sanders to simulate rubbing out varnish?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2018, 09:54 AM »
Ive used mirka abranet pads on my ets/ec 150/5 for this on big flat surfaces. They come in various grits, i have 360, 500 and 1000. 500 and 1000 works great for polishing varnishing. I lube the pad with a 50/50 blend of mineral spirits and mineral oil. Then wipe it all off with paper towels after.

However i generally prefer polishing by hand, unless its a large surface like a dining table. For chairs i wouldnt be using a power tool.

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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Can I use one of my sanders to simulate rubbing out varnish?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2018, 01:36 PM »
I've used Platin in 500, 1000 and 2000 on my ETS 125, applied gently.  It worked better than anticipated.  YMMV... 
- Willy -

 "Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up." - Brigham Young

Online Cheese

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Re: Can I use one of my sanders to simulate rubbing out varnish?
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2018, 03:38 PM »
I’ve used a RO 90 with Platin 500/1000/2000 & 4000 on headlight covers, pretty much the same process. It worked well.
« Last Edit: March 20, 2018, 03:42 PM by Cheese »

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Can I use one of my sanders to simulate rubbing out varnish?
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2018, 04:54 PM »
I’ve used a RO 90 with Platin 500/1000/2000 & 4000 on headlight covers, pretty much the same process. It worked well.

Try adding in the RO 90 with a hard felt pad and MPA 5000 followed by a soft felt pad and MPA 8000.  Also spray down between grits with a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and water, and wipe with a clean microfiber cloth.  Headlight lenses get smooth as a baby's bumper!  Mo' bettah good, yah? 
« Last Edit: March 20, 2018, 04:58 PM by Sparktrician »
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Online Cheese

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Re: Can I use one of my sanders to simulate rubbing out varnish?
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2018, 11:52 PM »
Try adding in the RO 90 with a hard felt pad and MPA 5000 followed by a soft felt pad and MPA 8000.  Also spray down between grits with a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and water, and wipe with a clean microfiber cloth.  Headlight lenses get smooth as a baby's bumper!  Mo' bettah good, yah?

Good additional info Sparky...I am remiss...I should have added I also used some white foam pads with Meguiar polish and then some Meguiar sealant...sweet.

However, I rather like your approach better. Jettison the Meguiars and embrace the Festool stuff.

Offline zapdafish

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Re: Can I use one of my sanders to simulate rubbing out varnish?
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2018, 12:33 PM »

thanks I'll give the suggestions a try.

Should I lower the speed settings? For sanding I have everything dialed as high as it will go.
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Can I use one of my sanders to simulate rubbing out varnish?
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2018, 01:08 PM »

thanks I'll give the suggestions a try.

Should I lower the speed settings? For sanding I have everything dialed as high as it will go.


Use it in Rotex mode at high speed with Granat, then drop the speed to no more than half (3) when you switch to Platin and the MPAs.  Use your dust extractor at no more than 1/3 power while on Granat and Platin, then turn it completely off when you switch to the MPAs. 
- Willy -

 "Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up." - Brigham Young