EnduroSharp® Torlon® Scraper Blades and Gap Blades – What’s the Difference?June 23, 2022 | Aerospace & Defense, Blog, EnduroSharp(R), PAI Torlon
EnduroSharp® has changed the way aerospace maintenance professionals remove sealants and adhesives from substrates and fasteners. EnduroSharp® resharpenable tools are made from Torlon®, a high strength polymer, creating a non-metallic blade tool that will not damage composite structures during use.
Scraper blades are designed for use in larger areas where a large quantity of material needs to be removed. Made from a non-marring Torlon® material the blades are a quick, safe and effective method of removing sealants and adhesives from composite structures.
Gap blades are designed for use in smaller grooves and channels where scraper blades are too large. With a multi head edge, gap blades offer the ability to eliminate materials from multiple surfaces of the seam.
Technicians often use a scraper blade in applications where a gap blade will deliver a quicker, cleaner result. While the scraper blade offers one cutting edge, the gap blades offer three, allowing the removal of sealants and adhesives from the surfaces more completely.
The tools are designed to complement each other. By using an adapter tool, both the scraper blades and gap blades can be used with the same handle. This provides the technician the ability to switch the blades based on the progression in the removal process.
Using the adapter also allows for the application of flexible incremental skiving techniques when removing sealants and adhesives. Incremental skiving involves the technique of removing subsequent thin layers of material to achieve a cleaner finish. The technician can switch back and forth between the blades as needed.
The EnduroSharp® scraper and gap blades are just a few of the many products offered in the EnduroSharp® Product line. Contact Rich Reed for our Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (513) 321-8404 or RReed@performanceplastics.com, more information on our EnduroSharp® kits and products.