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Types and Functions of Wire Brushes

3/17/2012 9:26:16 AM | by Anonymous


Brushes are commonly used as a tool for cleaning, polishing, grooming and painting. They come in different shapes and they are named according to their use i.e. paint brush, toothbrush, hair brush, dishwashing brush, nail brush, wire brush etc. They consist of bristles attached to a handle. Since several brushes are intended for different things, bristles should match the material to be brushed.


Wire brush is used for cleaning or finishing different types of metals. Unlike other brushes wherein bristles are made of filaments, this type uses wire strands. The wire bristles are available in carbon steel, stainless steel, brass or bronze wire. Its high fatigue life and durable cutting capability make them most appropriate to apply on hard surfaces such as concrete, metal, stone and wood. They come in various stiffness, sizes and wire types. Stiff brushes are used for removing heavy debris like rusts, scale and other forms of corrosives while soft brushes are for polishing such as in wood furniture. Some types of wire brushes are strip wire, wire wheel, cylinder and cup brush.


Strip wires are versatile and durable. Its size is determined by the channel base and the brush can vary depending on material type, trim length and brush configuration such as straight, coiled, wound or cup like. Wire wheels are to be used with grinders, sanders, or other rotary machine to remove rust or paint. They are appropriate for auto body work and restoration projects. Cylinder brushes are utilized for conveyor cleaning or wide face brushing. They are made by taking two flat wires of which one is formed and the other is pinched and laid flat forming a cavity. Cup brushes, on the other hand, are applied on angle grinders and machining centers for burr removal, varnish layers, scales and corrosion.


The size and fill material of each type of brushes can be customized according to the item where it is going to be used. It is highly recommended to thoroughly examine the object first so you can use the most appropriate brush and achieve the best cleaning outcome.

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