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Step 1: Tools and Supplies
- Angle grinder
- Flap disc
- Grinding disc
- Safety Glasses
- Leather Gloves
- Hearing protection (recommended)
Step 2: Using a Chisel
Simply place the chisel point at the edge of the splatter you are trying to remove. The chisel should be at about a 35 degree angle to prevent it from digging into the table itself. Once the chisel is properly place, tap the end of it with a hammer. This shouldn't take a lot of force. If you are unsure, try a very light tap at first, then try keep trying stronger taps until the splatter breaks off.
Make sure to you wear safety glasses.
Step 3: Using a Flap Disc
First, attach your flap disc to your angle grinder, and put on the proper safety gear. In this case, I would recommend gloves, and glasses minimum. Hearing protection is also a good idea.
Now you can use the angle grinder to lightly skim the surface. Make sure to keep the grinder moving, and don't dig too deep into the table. You will quickly get a feel for how much pressure is necessary to take off splatter, but not ruin the table.
Step 4: Using a Grinding Wheel
Similar to the flap disc, you will need to have eye protection, gloves, and hearing protection. Now put your grinding wheel onto your angle grinder and your ready to start cleaning up the table.
With your angle grinder, apply light pressure to the problem area. Be sure to keep the grinder moving. Once the bead gets down to a size more similar to the medium sized splatter, you can replace the grinding wheel with a flap disc and follow step 3.