How to clean rough side of granite for gluing?

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Old 08-30-09, 10:42 PM
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How to clean rough side of granite for gluing?

I'm going to be gluing a piece of red oak to a strip of granite to use as a sanding block.

The oak will be glued to the rough side of the granite, and i'm hoping to get some suggestions for a good solvent/cleaning agent to use on the granite to clear the pores up.

I intend to use two part epoxy.
 
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Old 08-31-09, 05:05 AM
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Methyl Ethyl Keytone comes to mind. High flash point, not as "smelly" as lacquer thinner. Just curious as to what kind of sanding block you are making that requires granite. Will you be using self stick sandpaper, or what?
 
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This is for a fretboard sander for guitars.

The granite gives it a very flat surface, and good weight.

I have some spray tack-adhesive that i'll be using to temporarily glue the sandpaper strip to the smooth side of the granite.

As far as the MEK goes, it's been years since I worked with that stuff in the shop. Is this something that can be found in small quantity? I'd hate to have to buy a gallon of something i'm only going to use once.
 
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You'll probably have to buy a quart, but you won't have to finance it.
 
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Would acetone be an acceptable cleaner?

How about Xylene? I have a small container of xylene. And I could always use nail polish remover for the acetone.
My problem with MEK is that it's some really nasty stuff. And I hate to have that sitting around forever.
 
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Old 08-31-09, 11:38 AM
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xylene would be fine...not like you are using it for a counter top.

Gotta watch out sometimes using nail polish remover..many have oils added to help conteract the drying effect on skin.
 
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Old 08-31-09, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45 View Post
xylene would be fine...not like you are using it for a counter top.

Gotta watch out sometimes using nail polish remover..many have oils added to help conteract the drying effect on skin.
That's what i'll use, then. I use xylene to clean cpu heatsinks, so i've got more than enough sitting around to do this small strip of granite.


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