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Great guide Lowfat! Rep+

The belt sander idea sounds like trouble Chris. I've seen what belt sanders can do to wood rather quickly. Plus I don' t think you would be able to get a small piece of acrylic really "flat" like if you sanded it on a piece of glass.
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Great guide Lowfat! Rep+

The belt sander idea sounds like trouble Chris. I've seen what belt sanders can do to wood rather quickly. Plus I don' t think you would be able to get a small piece of acrylic really "flat" like if you sanded it on a piece of glass.

My belt sander sits down in a tabletop...so I don't think getting it flat would be too big an issue. Probably easier to keep flat on glass though. If it's really just a couple of minutes a side....that's not bad. 2 minutes * 6 sides * 7 blocks = 84 minutes. It's not like I could save too much time with the belt sander. Even if it cut the time in half....that's only 40 minutes. Plus...it would take longer to change grit each time. I'll try the "lowfat" way first. smile.gif
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Cleaning up the water and changing paper definitely takes longer than the sanding of the outside.
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Cleaning up the water and changing paper definitely takes longer than the sanding of the outside.

Do you wet sand it? Or just clean with water inbetween grits?

Just normal sand paper for the inside of the block?
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Yeah, I was going to say that the time you'd save on the sanding would be countered by the time you take to change grit.
Sanding the flat surfaces really didn't take that much time for me. 30 minutes maybe.
And I sanded it down to remove the writtings and the incrusted spot where the logo is. So I had a lot more sanding than most on the flats.

The inside was a pita thought.
I wish I had a q-tip shaped drill bit sanding block for that part.
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Do you wet sand it? Or just clean with water inbetween grits?

Just normal sand paper for the inside of the block?

All my sanding was wet sanding. I find the paper gets clogged up way too fast w/o water.
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So you definitely do not want to wash the polish off from the outside of the block. It makes a huge difference in how reflective the block is. Can't wait to see what the blocks look like in the system.





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Do not wash polish off????????
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Do not wash polish off????????

On the outside of the block, no. The inside you definitely want to wash it w/ soap and water to avoid contaminating the loop.
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I think it will be harder to get the right light and angles for the pix pron once in the case. But it certainly looks amazing.right now.
Looks like a block of fragile crystal to me.

Now I feel like crap for changing subject so quickly after those pix are posted.

Tbh, the polishing is not complete on mine. I have really big fat fingers and doing a good job on the inside sanding was a bit too tedious for my big clumbsy hands.

So I was thinking I could use a dremel for some hard parts on my CPU block.
This is the polishing felts I have:


Can you think of some sort of rather abbrasive polishing compound I could use with my dremel as a 'sanding' compound?
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