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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.

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audreyspency

5 days ago

caramel wheel is definatly the way to go,
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as a bloke who did this to a micra that was 15 years old with 15 year old baked on glue, which ran along the entire length of his car,

tried, thinners, heat, scraping with credit card, glue remover etc

caramel wheel took mins, wish i had done this from the start

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AussieAlf

9 days ago

Hi Downunder35m,
I've never heard of a caramel wheel, so googled it. Looks like a pretty useful tool i could use somewhere down the track. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Cheers

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Downunder35mAussieAlf

Reply 9 days ago

Well, you are not alone ;)
I first saw them under the name "paint stripping wheel" about 20 years ago on one of these crappy market stores where they show and advertise stuff.
Like what we get now all night long on TV.
Did not pay much attention as I thought it was just another stripping thing.
In my hardware store the guy said a Caramel Wheel is what I should try, although he never used one himself LOL
Have to admit that if I would have had one around all those years I would have found plenty of uses for it...
They are they kind of stuff you just never know what to use it for until you try it out and realise how much easier things are with it.
But don't be fooled by the speed or RPM rating on the pack!
Best speed is as slow as it is comfortable.
At higher speeds it becomes hard to stay in touch with the surface and the friction heat can be a problem too, especially if you hold thin metal in your hand...