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    Keeping your welding magnets clean

    Anyone have a trick to keeping these things clean?
    I find that they pick up all the dust and shavings from cut'n and grind'n and become rather useless untill you clean them off which is not all that easy.

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    Re: Keeping your welding magnets clean

    I don't have an answer, but I have the same problem. Most of the time, mine look like a fuzzy caterpillar until I run my finger/thumb down the edges and clean them (which usually results in a metal splinter or two)

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    Re: Keeping your welding magnets clean

    I read somewhere that a few things work (no neat tricks though).

    -air hose to blow them off outside
    -wire brush (w/shop vac to suck up the debris)

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    Re: Keeping your welding magnets clean

    The only way I know is with my fingers

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    Re: Keeping your welding magnets clean

    I just use my shirt and most of them come out.

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    Re: Keeping your welding magnets clean

    I just use a rag. Wipes 90% of it off and push's the rest to the other side that im not using.
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    Re: Keeping your welding magnets clean

    Compressed air works great.

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    Re: Keeping your welding magnets clean

    Last night I used worn out scotch-brite pad to clean miine off. It worked remarkably well. Couldn't use my compressor (twin tank portable) since my plug caught on fire last time I used it...

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    Re: Keeping your welding magnets clean

    Funny - I don't have the same problem.

    Maybe that's because I got so tired of them picking up every darn thing they got close to that I don't use them anymore!

    I got sick of messing with them. I will bust them out maybe once in a blue moon, but most of the time, I just use clamps. Not to mention, I mostly work with aluminum and I just couldn't get them to work all that great....

    I used to blow mine off then wipe them off with a rag or my pants, but for the last several months I have been without air (new shop, no compressor) so the magnets are stuck to the back of the gas bottles, collecting dust.

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    Re: Keeping your welding magnets clean

    You can grind out the rivets and install screws. This way when you take the sides off the chips fall off..

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