DIY Power Brush Marries Cleaning With Power Tools

Need to do some serious scrubbing but have no use for the karate-boosting power that hours of waxing on and off will get you? Lifehacker reader isaacws shows us how he does some serious boat polishing using by hooking up a bathroom brush to power tools.

I came up with this method to polish the top of my boat. I wasn't sure how to get the oxidation out of the textured surface, so I came up with this method using a bathroom brush and a saw.

All I did was use a metal blade on the saw to cut a groove into the handle of the brush.

I then used some hose clamps to hold the brush to the metal saw blade:

...and wrapped them with electrical tape to protect anything the clamps might hit and to make it look tidy.

When asked whether the intense scrubbing power of his franken-gadget left his boat paintless, isaacws replied:

I used a buffing compound that wasn't too coarse and it did a nice job of removing the oxidation. It doesn't scrub enough to get through the gel coat, at least with how I have used it. You would have to scrub a long long time to do that with the compound I used. I suppose a 1000 grit compound could do some major damage.

So there you have it. The desire to avoid a ton of manual labour and little ingenuity win again. It's like the old saying: Necessity is the mother of awesome power-cleaning tools.


Comments

    i'm not sure if water & power tools are a good mix.. nice idea, but I reckon if i was going to do this i'd be using battery powered tools as opposed to the plug-in kind..

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