• Grinding, Sanding & Polishing Discs

        • Our range of flap discs, cutting discs, grinding wheels and fibre discs, surface conditioning, stripping discs and polishing discs are primarily produced by Eisenblätter in Germany. We focus on providing the highest quality, safety, user friendliness and environmental sustainability. Many products have set the standard since they were introduced and throughout the years have been continually improved to be on the cutting edge of innovation.

        • Grinding Sleeves and Wheels

        • Creating a beautiful satin finish is made easier by using our high-quality, durable abrasives sleeves and wheels. They are manufactured in Germany by Eisenblätter using special processes to ensure smooth operation and increased service life. Our range offers you the right product for a wide range of applications on different metals such as cleaning, satin finishing, removing scratches, industrial grinding or linear grinding, pre-grinding or polishing to a mirror finish, surface treatment of wood and much more.

        • Machines

        • For over 30 years our machines have set the standard for performance and durability. We were the first to introduce the handheld linear grinder (Poly PTX) and the variable speed angle grinder (Varilex) to Australia in 1988. These machines are still made in Germany by Eisenblätter have continually been improved upon and they still are the most powerful machines in their category over 30 years later. We now also have high quality German made handheld belt sanders, belt filing machines, bevelling machines and polishers.

        • Grinding, Sanding & Polishing Belts

        • We stock a large range of belts for a variety of different applications such as grinding, satin finishing, fine sanding or polishing up to a mirror finish. We stock belt sizes 40x780mm pipe machines and 30×600 to suit our PTX machine with optional grinding belt roller. The practical T-Lock fastening system allows pipes on closed pipe constructions and handrails to be finished without cutting belts. Custom belts of any size can also be made up, use our custom belt order form or send us an email for more information.

        • Accessories

        • Accessories to suit our Eisenblätter machines such as backing pads for mounting Velcro discs, spare guards, dust extraction systems and much more. There are also innovative products such as the grinding belt roller that allows belts to be used with either our PTX or Varilex machines. There are also machine holders and flexible shaft attachments for getting into hard-to-reach areas. These accessories add further versatility to our machines and keep them one step above the rest.

        • Polishing & Cleaning

        • Achieve a shadow-free, mirror finish with Eisenblätter polishing products such as BRIGHTEX® polishing pastes. Minimise clogging with the use of Superpolish polishing discs, belts and sleeves. Our range of care products allows you to effectively clean, protect and preserve metal surfaces.

        • Bobbie’s Bargain Box

        • Get great quality abrasives made by Eisenblaetter in Germany for up to 50% off while stocks last. These products are mainly from discontinued lines so get them before they’re gone for good!

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Extra Coarse SC Fleece on our patented backing pad

Preparing aluminium fences and gates

There many different ways to prepare aluminium gates and fences for powdercoating. Some use linear grinders and burnishers such as the POLY PTX. Others use the FIX flap discs to grind and finish in one step while most use multiple steps with velcro discs and an orbital machine. This is a method showcased here that is just as easy as velcro discs but with fewer steps. Here are the general steps required to prepare an aluminum fence or gate to be powder coated:

Step 1: Clean the surface:

The first step in preparing an aluminum fence or gate for powder coating is to thoroughly clean the surface to remove any dirt, debris, or other contaminants. This can be done using a degreaser or a mild detergent and water. The surface should be completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: Sand the surface:

Sand the surface: The next step is to sand the surface of the aluminum to create a rough texture that will help the powder coating adhere properly. This can be done using a fine-grit sandpaper or a handheld machine. Any rough edges or sharp corners should also be smoothed out during this step. The most common methods to achieve this is using either a burnisher machine such as the POLY PTX with a fine sleeve on an expansion roller, the Varilex WSF 1800 using the FIX Flap discs or the same machine using a fleece disc such as the extra coarse fleece disc shown in this article.

Step 3: Further Finishing

Powder coating relies on a dry powder electrically adhereing to the surface which is then baked. Now the surface cant be too coarse otherwise the finish will not be flat but too smooth and the powder coating won’t be able to stick to the surface. This means the approximate grit range is 80 grit to 320 grit. As long as it is flat and smooth, which the Extra Coarse SC Fleece Disc can do in just one step as you can see in the video above.

A true game-changer in the workshop

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Using the extra coarse fleece disc to grind a weld.

What machine do I need to finish aluminium?

Using the Varilex 1800 machine, it is great for working with all metals, even aluminium. This is due to its 1750W of power and variable speed capabilties but also its large amount of torque where it retains a constant speed even under load.

For professionals the Varilex and the POLY PTX allow you to complete about 90% of jobs, please find a link to them both below:

POLY PTX 800 Machine | Linear Grinder, Sander and Polisher

VARILEX WSF 1800 Machine | Variable Speed Angle Grinder

 

A real game changer in the metal working world, especially on aluminium. This product not only works very quickly but also lasts a long time.