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Old 07-05-2010, 12:44 AM   #1
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Never really felt the need for an angle grinder until now, so I've never paid much attention to them.

But now with two bathroom renovations we have to refinish the outsides of two clawfoot tubs. Seems like an angle grinder with the right head would work well.

Question number one: would a grinder with a wire brush head work to strip the paint off the cast iron? Some is loose, other parts are pretty well attached.

Question number two: Since the tub project will fall mainly to my wife--she wanted the damned things--and she is a pretty small woman, I'm thinking we need a small sized grinder. She really liked this one at HD since it is easy to hold.

http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardw...atalogId=10053

Could get a more powerful grinder for the same price, so I'm on the fence.

Any reason I shouldn't get this model? It DID feel good to hold in the store, and at the ripe old age of 44 I'm starting to like small sized tools, too.

thanks--Bill

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Old 07-05-2010, 06:18 AM   #2
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Bill, A wire cup brush will take off paint and they are as cheap as 3$

but there is a major hazard with lead paint dust that has led the EPA to mandate new RRP rules. The rules only apply to contractors but lead dust has to be a major concern for your family

That Ridgid R1005 is new this year and because of its ergonomic design has won a 2010 Editor's Choice Awards

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Thanks for the reply Bob. I've had a couple chips of paint from the tubs tested and they showed lead free, so we should be good to go.

Anyone have an idea on what paint to finish the outside of the tubs with. I know, I should post this in the paint section, but the project is probably 6 months away...
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Having used many angle grinders of that size over many years, that new design look good to me with the slimmer middle of the case. My older hands tend to get tired of holding onto those other grinders which are larger in diameter that the new Ridgid. David
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and an extremely important consideration is face/eye protection, especially (but surely not limited to) when using a wire wheel. Those wires do break off and fly about. Getting one stuck in your eye is not a pretty site.

and while the larger bodied grinders don't give me a problem...yet, I would think a woman would be much more comfortable with the thinner design of the Rigid model.
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If your working surface will be vertical you can use a weight, rope and pulley to cancel out the grinder weight and then you get the strongest grinder you can afford.
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If your working surface will be vertical you can use a weight, rope and pulley to cancel out the grinder weight and then you get the strongest grinder you can afford.
That's also a really good way to get seriously hurt, even for someone with a lot of grinding experience.
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If you have a decent air compressor, I'd say a cheap sandblaster is the way to go.
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You could get a more powerful grinder for the same price but since your wife is going to be primarily using it...

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