While finishing something it irks me to know I'm taking a chance
by switching wheels of different manufacturers and then adding
scratches because the "fine" definitions do not match between
suppliers. Rio.........are you listening?
Excellent idea and I truly wish it was that easy, our tech team
literally gets these types of questions every week. There are SO
many variables it is almost impossible to accurately cross compare
different abrasives products, thus the generic terms “coarse”,
“medium”, " fine".
Some of the challenges we face in comparing different abrasive
Different manufactures, different manufacturing methods, product and
quality standards Grading the many different abrasive types differs
for each manufacture and type of media Different binders to hold or
suspend the abrasive particle, it’s not just the abrasive particle
that effects the performance and end result Different abrasive
types, i.e. diamond, aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, emery, etc.
have very different working properties and results Different abrasive
backings i.e. polyester film, paper, cloth, fiber, etc. Different
bonding agents i.e. glue, resin over glue, resin over resin, etc.
This is a really big one - Proprietary manufacturing methods and
recipes The end user and how they work as well as their expectations
What I’ve learned from listening to my customers and research (big
thanks to Orchid) is that everyone has different needs and
expectations. This is where a place like Ganoksin and other
discussion groups really shine, and I can’t stress this enough, there
is nothing more valuable than the real world experience of our piers,
saving those of us who are starting something new, or just starting,
much time and expense experimenting.
Someone with vast experience in our industry once explained to me
that the jewelry industry is simply not a big player in the very
large world of abrasive manufacturing and technology, we tend to get
product pass on to us by larger industries and we adapt to those
products. Isn’t that just typical of our little world…
Not much help I know, but if anyone has anything to offer on this
subject believe me I’m all ears.
Wishing everyone health and happiness during this exciting and
(hopefully) busy time,
Rio Grande Technical Support
505-839-3000 ex 13903