Smooth Turf sanding lssues

Sanoman

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I've worked with smooth turf just a couple times now and find that after heating the material it will change the look.Kind of like it makes it a little shiny.
So my question is how and what would you use to make the surface of the turf go back to its original look? I've tried using 180 and 220 grit on a scrap piece.Also using a DA,but just makes it look worse
 

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How about just taking a handful of the walnut shells and rubbing real hard? I have a 40lb box of it around here somewhere for my vibratory bowl.
 

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I used to have yellow turf (it fades quickly) and to bring the original color and texture back, I used a 6" DA with 40 grit on the deck and 80 grit on the top rails. After that I hand sanded the top rails and caps with 80. The finish looked fresh.
 

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I used to have yellow turf (it fades quickly) and to bring the original color and texture back, I used a 6" DA with 40 grit on the deck and 80 grit on the top rails. After that I hand sanded the top rails and caps with 80. The finish looked fresh.
I tried some 80 on a scrap piece and all it did was put some marks on it.Maybe l need to spend more time sanding on it.l'll try it again
 

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I have shaped some padding to look like the smooth turf. Band file is my new best friend for turf jobs. I'd try one with some 220 grit since it won't take off much of any material with light pressure. Straight panels and slightly curved will be fine. If you have a lot of curves it might be difficult. I would try on a scrap piece first so you know how fast it will cut so you don't ruin a whole turf job in a split second lol
 

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I have shaped some padding to look like the smooth turf. Band file is my new best friend for turf jobs. I'd try one with some 220 grit since it won't take off much of any material with light pressure. Straight panels and slightly curved will be fine. If you have a lot of curves it might be difficult. I would try on a scrap piece first so you know how fast it will cut so you don't ruin a whole turf job in a split second lol
Sanded a scrap piece today and it turned out good.l'm using a worn down piece of 80 grit paper.Really being gentle with it and seems to be doing a good job.Rubbed it down with some cleaner afterwards.
 

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Sanded a scrap piece today and it turned out good.l'm using a worn down piece of 80 grit paper.Really being gentle with it and seems to be doing a good job.Rubbed it down with some cleaner afterwards.
You really want to use fresh, sharp sandpaper. Otherwise the worn grit just slides over the surface. The factory must run the turf through a machine like a planer that has a large drum sander instead of blades. Don't be afraid of messing up the finish because the turf will grip better after you are done...plus it looks better.
 
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I have actually started using just padding on the tops of my footholds on my DVX and it is super soft and still has good grip. I dig the way you did the dash and side panels. Lots of work on that tray. I know how many hours go into a tray with just using single panels on the two sides and dash, I can't imagine the time you have in that tray. Looks awesome!
 

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You really want to use fresh, sharp sandpaper. Otherwise the worn grit just slides over the surface. The factory must run the turf through a machine like a planer that has a large drum sander instead of blades. Don't be afraid of messing up the finish because the turf will grip better after you are done...plus it looks better.
Alright,l'll try some fresh 80 grit on another scrap piece and spend more time sanding it.Worth a try Flash. The worn paper l'm sanding with takes a little time,but it worked on one of the sides.Not really cutting into it, but just making a good surface.Thanks for chiming in on this thread!
 

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I da mine with 180 and its pretty smooth, new old whatever is on the da at the time. only change that disc when it stops sanding.
 

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Don you do know skis are for riding right? its not a beauty pageant. How many times did you hear anyone at Daytona say,"yeah he rides that ski ok, but did you see that turf!?":p
 

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Lol wait i got a better one. Most "riders" sand theirs down with their shoes and legs. Bazinga! Good seein ya again, now lets wrap this up cause i want to see that next project
 
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