Flapbrushes bring an entire new dimension to buffing by eliminating the need for buffing compounds. These nonwoven wheels are constructed such that the abrasive media is part to the buff itself. And by altering grain size of the abrasive, the grits available run from coarse through very fine. The firmness, or density, of the buff may be varied from soft to firm. The use of nonwoven flapbrushes requires minimal operator training, and also provides consistent results between operators. These units are typically used to provide “satin” finishes, popular in plumbing and door hardware.
Matchless flapbrushes are available in diameters from 4" to 20", with face widths from 1" to 6". The grits available are coarse, medium, fine and very fine, with varying densities or firmness. The most popular construction is aluminum oxide; silicon carbide is also available.
Common Diameters, Core Sizes – Face Size Variable
- 4" x 1"
- 6" x 2"
- 8" x 3"
- 12" x 5"
- 14" x 8"
- 20" x 10"
Satin Airway Buffs are also constructed from aluminum oxide nonwoven material, but are constructed in a process similar to cloth bias buffs. The airway buffs have a metal ring in the center, and discernible layers of nonwoven material. These buffs also enjoy the advantage of a consistent finish, even as they wear, and are also available in grits of coarse through very fine. Sizes range from 8" diameter up to 20", in two or four ply, with optional centerplates/arbor holes.
Satin Finish Discs & Buffs – These versatile items are used in a myriad of applications, as required by the user. These discs are available as single discs, or may be sewn together to form 2, 3 or 4 layer satin buffs (typically with leather centers). Sizes range from 2" to 18" for single discs, and 3" to 6" for the satin buffs. Aluminum oxide grits range again from coarse to very fine.