What's the most current 'Q-Tip' brand for Wheel Bore Polishing?

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What's the most current 'Q-Tip' brand for Wheel Bore Polishing?

Post by Scrollsawer » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:55 pm

Hi guys!

Even though our family has graduated from Pack racing, I have a neighborhood Cub Scout who's parents have asked me to help him build a fast car. We're at the wheel bore polishing stage, and will be going with the Novus 2/3 prep. What brand of 'Q-Tip' are you using to polish the wheel bores these days?

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Re: What's the most current 'Q-Tip' brand for Wheel Bore Polishing?

Post by Speedster » Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:24 pm

I use "Studio 35 beauty" cotton swabs, Soft and hygienic with firm paper sticks. Distributed by Walgreen Co. Most of the shafts measure .099. I stick only about 1" out of the drill so it won't bend over easily. Put some Novus 2 in the wheel bore and then some on the shaft. If you have difficulty getting it started, put a little graphite on the shaft before putting the Novus 2 on the shaft. Run the drill at medium speed for about 15 seconds and then re-apply Novus 2 to the bore and the shaft and polish a 2nd time. I then hold the wheel over a faucet and run a cotton swab in and out of the bore to clean out the Novus 2. Inspect with a magnifying glass. I would be interested in hearing others techniques.

Sorry. I used Improper wording. I clean the bore with water by using a fluffy pipe cleaner I buy from a vendor.
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Post by Vitamin K » Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:55 pm

Awwww yeah. You know you can't stay away for too long, SS! ;)



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Post by race#67 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:23 pm

Are you using only the paper portion of the Q-tip?



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Post by Scrollsawer » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:04 am

Thanks Speedster! There's a Walgreens close by, so good to hear.

Race#67, Yes, you cut the swab ends off, and use the shaft.

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Post by Vitamin K » Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:11 am

Just an FYI: I've heard of folks buying the Walgreens Q-tips, and some are happy with them, others report that they are too big or too small, so there might be some variation in thickness.

I think I saw another well known racer mention that they check all of their sticks with calipers before using them for bore polishing.



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Re: What's the most current 'Q-Tip' brand for Wheel Bore Polishing?

Post by Perry24 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:08 pm

Is Novus 3 the same as wax? In the past, we've only burnished with graphite. Last year, we used wax and then graphite. Thinking about using Novus 2 and wax this year before burnishing with graphite.



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Post by Vitamin K » Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:13 pm

Perry24 wrote:Is Novus 3 the same as wax? In the past, we've only burnished with graphite. Last year, we used wax and then graphite. Thinking about using Novus 2 and wax this year before burnishing with graphite.
Novus 3 is a more aggressive scratch remover. It's used before you use Novus 2.

I think Novus 1 is more analogous to a wax, though I've never used any Novus other than 2.



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Post by Speedster » Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:37 pm

Perry24, I like your idea of Novus 2 and wax. I'm using Novus 2 , Liquid Glass and then graphite this year. Let us know how your system works out for you.

I've never experienced a "35" shaft being too small. Do not try to cut more than one shaft at a time. Using a new single edge razor blade will give a nice clean cut with out making the end oblong. A little graphite on the shaft will assist in the start.



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Post by Scrollsawer » Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:50 pm

I bought and used the Walgreen's 35 shafts today. Worked fine. Squealed and applied the Novus as I would expect. Went with Novus 2 first, then and then Novus 1 for the final coat. I may was beyond that, but haven't decided yet.


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Post by race#67 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:11 am

A few questions...
Is it one wheel per q-tip shaft, or can multiple wheels be done with the same one?
Is there anything close to liquid glass performance in a lower price range?
Is bore burnishing (if done) done before or after the polishing/waxing?
I assume burnishing is always with graphite, and with what as the burnishing tool?

Sorry, bore prep is something I am trying to get a handle on.



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Re: What's the most current 'Q-Tip' brand for Wheel Bore Polishing?

Post by Vitamin K » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:03 am

race#67 wrote:A few questions...
Is it one wheel per q-tip shaft, or can multiple wheels be done with the same one?
Is there anything close to liquid glass performance in a lower price range?
Is bore burnishing (if done) done before or after the polishing/waxing?
I assume burnishing is always with graphite, and with what as the burnishing tool?

Sorry, bore prep is something I am trying to get a handle on.
I think most people use a fresh q-tip shaft for each wheel.

There are a number of vendors that sell Pinewood Derby bore wax. The Scout Store also carries Derby Worx bore wax, I believe. You actually pay more per oz than you would with say, Liquid Glass, but if you only need a little bit, it's cheaper.

When using wax, burnishing is typically done after the waxing step, though I've heard of a few folks burnishing graphite in with the wax.

I've only heard of burnishing with graphite. Typically, you want a smooth, round rod, that is close to the size of your bore. The round end of a #41 drill bit would be a good choice, or a pin gage, or the one-piece axle that comes in Pinecar Kits.




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