Other uses for a Caramel Wheel.... Answered
I had to clean up large sized decals that used a 3M adhesive.
Instead of filtering the solvent fumes with my lungs I decided to listen to the guy in the hardware store that suggested to use a Caramel Wheel instead.
Have to say I was very sceptical...
Ever had this extra heavy duty 3M tape to get off again??
No matter what you try it is a battle of will and endurance...
To my surprise using the Caramel Wheel was like using a big eraser on paper.
The things rubs over the surface, takes the goo off and leaves a totally clean and stick free surface.
What otherwise took me at least a full hour was done in under 10 minutes - great...
Once done with the hard work I examined the now well used up wheel.
Does not really work as a proper eraser for a pencil as the rubber is much harder.
Does not even scratch galvanised surfaces.
Does not like it at all to be used on wet surfaces :(
It is not just rubber in a fully solid form, more like flaky bits stuck together.
First misuse I tried was polishing a piece of acrylic plastic.
A cloth or similar always soaks up a lot of the polishing compound, which makes the process costly.
Friction was a real issue at first because the wheel just had no grip at all.
But on hindsight it helped to spread the compound fine and evenly.
When it started to grab I noticed two things.
a) The plastic warms up quickly.
b) It polishes really good.
Downside is that you need a low speed and very little pressure, too much of either and you risk stripping off the surface.
Second misuse was on my knife.
It is old, it is abused, it is loved tool I prefer, so it does not need to be razor sharp.
The burr on the knife edge after sharpening should be removed.
Usually I work my way up to 1000 grid, then use a leather strop.
Not for this old knife though.
In most cases the burr comes off with use.
The Caramel Wheel had no problems removing the burr while leaving the edge sharp.
And with a tiny bit of polishing paste applied it even managed to produce a extra sharp edge.
Last misuse so far was to clean off old silicone from my bathroom tiles.
Silicone does not like to stick to silicone!
Means when you refurbish for example the silicone around your bathtub it never last long.
Chemicals to remove the fine layer of silicone are harmful to say the least.
I did not bother with the entire groove, just the outer parts where the new silicone needs to grab.
First the wheel slips and slides off a lot but you see how it cleans the surface of the tiles.
Then it starts to grab, indicating the tile is clean in this area.
Won't do much in the grooves with the grouting though...
What I really liked is that the wheel took off what you can't really see.
The oily feeling when going over removed silicone was gone, just nice grippy tiles.