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Old 09-25-2016, 06:12 PM   #1
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Will sparks from a grinder damage my tires

I am getting ready to use an angle grinder to cut out the rust around the wheel wells. Do I need to protect my tires from flying sparks? I've learned that in the cab they melt into everything including glass. I don't want to damage my tires. Any other advice?





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Old 09-25-2016, 08:14 PM   #2
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Probably not much but it wouldn't hurt to throw something non-flammable over them. And yes...the hot sparks will do a lot of damage to glass.
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You won't hurt your tires.
If you are making a lot of sparks in one place you could use some scrap tin etc to protect them.
Be mindful of air lines if you have air brakes.
Plastic air lines don't like sparks from welders and cutting torches.
I have cut welded and ground on many trucks and never hurt a tire.
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I often havest the leather from discarded couches here in the alleys and that leather works great to protect from hot sparks.


ps. Eye protection is highest priority.
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Eye protection is highest priority X2!

And don't forget your hearing.
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:52 AM   #6
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Only time I have damaged tires with sparks was on white wall tire on my classic car. No damage to the black rubber.
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:15 AM   #7
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definitely full face protection and i wear ear-plugs when i grind because its LOUD.. esp if grinding in an enclosed metal space like a wheel well...

i wear something like this:

Pyramex S1040 Aluminum Bound Polycarbonate Face Shield - Clear | FullSource.com

you can buy that at home depot.. eastcoastCB turned me onto it.. i think its the best $7 i ever spent in my life!

as well as gloves, and as long sleeved old beater leather jacket even though its hot..

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Yep...leather is still the best. More than once have I confirmed that my Miller
"Fire Resistant" welding sleeves are that and that only by setting them on fire.
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Yep...leather is still the best. More than once have I confirmed that my Miller
"Fire Resistant" welding sleeves are that and that only by setting them on fire.

I havent set my $3 thrift-store bought-for-halloween-costume leather jacket on fire yet...

oh and I never wore it for halloween but by god its saved my arms around hot headers on hotrods and while grinding on the bus and working on that blasted V-band

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