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Old 02-11-2012, 06:07 AM
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Default Metal Polishing - Self taught amature perspective lol

I started off with a trip to Harbor Freight. Cheap tools and great variety!

I picked up straight die grinder.

Polishing kit with 2 3" buffing wheels and arbors. Kit also came with two small bricks of polishing compound. Primary cut grade compound and finshing cut compound.

picked up a 3rd compound for the first pass, it was a more harsh compound for deeper scratches

Also purchased a mini 4" air buffer as well.

One thing I should have got, (as a heads up), face shield and safety glasses. This stuff goes EVERYWHERE! Not a clean process by any means!! FAIR WARNING


When applying compound, spin up your buff wheel and place on compound brick, use enough pressure to soften compound and get it to stick to fibers of buff wheel. Start with your most aggressive compound.

Quickly move over piece that your working on so that compound is applied and distributed evenly over metal surface, will be a dark hazy color.

When area is covered, start at one end of piece and move slowly back and forth with light pressure slowly moving across the surface, you will start to see the haze coming off as you work. (This is where the messy comes in)

Repeat until your finish starts to shine and you almost have a smooth finish

After this, clean the surface with a terry cloth or micro fiber towel, this will further show any scratches that need further buffing.

Use each of the compounds 2 or 3 times working from most aggressive to the least. With each compound, you want to use a dedicated buff wheel.

For a finish shine, I applied Mother's Power polish and used my 4" orbital mini buffer. This is what really brings out that final shine and mirror finish.

Clean with soap and water, the buffing and polishing process leaves residues and buffing material all over, especially on edges and crevaces, take your time cleaning and drying.

Apply either an auto wax or an aluminum protectant as soon as possible to reduce the risk of oxydation and keep that shine lasting between cleanings!


This is just my process, I'm sure if others who are experienced in this will mention other things missed, but I'm open to learning anything new myself!

One last thing, Orange Clean is your friend for cleaning yourself up after all the work as well! lol

Hope this helps and happy buffing!
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:55 PM
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Great info, thanx for posting!
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Dude, that is awesome! Thank you for sharing that. I've never polished anything before, so this is a great!! Now to find the right part to give it a shot on....

Thanks Again!
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lol...no problem....thanks for the encouraging idea to throw this experience of mine out there!
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