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What is Metal Polishing 
Metal Polishing sometimes known as Finishing or Buffing is the process of removing scratches and abrasions from a surface, and creating the desired brightness of finish on that surface. Polishing, like using sand paper, consists of procedures each of which is less abrasive than the previous. A combination of polishing buffing wheels and compounds are used with a buffing machine or a household electric drill (pneumatic tools may also be used but only at relatively low speeds of 4000 rpm max.)  

It is the particular combination of Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel and Metal Polishing Compound which gives the desired cut / colouring action


Pro-Max Sisal Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel
 
These are very fast cutting and hard, they are particularly useful for first stage polishing operations with Pro-Max Brown Metal Polishing Compound on soft metals including Aluminium, Alloys, Brass and Copper, and Pro-Max Black Metal Polishing Compound on hard metals including Steel and Stainless Steel.  

Pro-Max Colour Stitch Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel
These are versatile cutting polishing buffing wheels used for general metal polishing which can be used for first or main stage polishing with Pro-Max Brown or Pink Metal Polishing Compound on soft metals including Aluminium, Alloys, Brass, Chrome and Copper, or for second stage polishing with Pro-Max Green or White Metal Polishing Compound on hard metals including Steel and Stainless Steel.

Pro-Max ‘G’ Loose Fold Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel
The most popular type of finishing polishing buffing wheel. These Metal Polishing Buffing Wheels can be used with Pro-Max Blue, Green, Pink and White Metal Polishing Compounds on all metals including Aluminium, Alloys, Brass, Chrome, Copper, Steel and Stainless Steel.
'G' Loose Fold Metal Polishing Buffing Wheels are made from 100% white soft cotton, with no hard pieces.

Pro-Max White Stitch Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel
These are
made from high grade cotton and are the most popular grade of Metal Polishing Mops and Buffing Wheels used for general polishing operations.
They are specifically designed for polishing all precious metals like Gold, Silver & Platinum with Pro-Max Brown or Rouge Metal Polishing Compound.
They can also be used, similarly to our Pro-Max Colour Stitch Metal Polishing Buffing Wheels above, on all other metals including Aluminium, Alloys, Brass, Chrome, Copper, Steel and Stainless Steel.

Pro-Max Swansdown WDR Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel
These are very soft and versatile, made from high grade cotton, and are the most popular grade of Metal Polishing Wheels and Buffing Mops used for final high finishing polishing operations.
They are specifically designed for polishing all precious metals like Gold, Silver & Platinum with Pro-Max Jewellers Rouge Metal Polishing Compound.
They can also be used, similarly to our Pro-Max 'G' Loose Fold Metal Polishing Buffing Wheels above, on all other metals including Aluminium, Alloys, Brass, Chrome, Copper, Steel and Stainless Steel.
They are even softer than our Pro-Max
'G' Loose Fold Metal Polishing Buffing Wheels and have no hard pieces. 

 

Description Of Metal Polishing Compounds

Pro-Max Brown - for first or main cut and flattening on Non-Ferrous (soft) metals. 

Pro-Max Blue - for final buffing and finishing on Non-Ferrous (soft) metals.
 
 
Pro-Max Black - for first cut and flattening on Steel and Stainless Steel.  

Pro-Max Green - for final buffing and finishing on Steel. 

Pro-Max White - for final high polish finishing on Stainless Steel.  

Pro-Max Pink - 
for main and final high polish finishing on Chrome. 

Pro-Max Rouge - for polishing soft Precious Metals such as Gold, Silver and Platinum.  

Vienna Lime (white powder) - for removing polishing compound and grease residues. 



Important: 
Please remember to clean and de-grease the item you wish to polish. Unclean / dirty / greasy material should be prepared properly before being polished.

For polishing soft Precious Metals or Chrome start at No.7 on the Step By Step Guide below. There is no need to use the Sisal Mop with the Brown and Black Metal Polishing Compounds as they are very aggressive and used for Aluminium, Alloys, Brass, Copper, Steel and Stainless Steel.

The polishing kits will not remove metal if parts are heavily scratched, marked or scored. Suitable abrasives should be used then (flap wheels, abrasive sanding mops / cloth / wet and dry sandpaper, rubbing blocks etc.).   

 

Step By Step Guide To Metal Polishing

1. Attach the Mandrel to your Drill, or Bench / Angle Grinder Spindle Adaptor to your Angle / Bench Grinder, and fix tightly. 

2. Attach the Sisal Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel onto the Mandrel / Adaptor and screw on tightly.  

3. Run the Drill or Angle / Bench Grinder and apply the relevant Metal Polishing Compound to the Sisal Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel for approx. 2 seconds. The Metal Polishing Compound is wax / abrasive based so the motion of the spinning mop generates heat which melts the wax / abrasive onto the Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel.  

4. Apply the Polishing Buffing Wheel to the item to be polished with medium / hard pressure. It is very important that you remove all marks / scratches and leave a uniform finish. 

5. Apply more Metal Polishing Compound to the Sisal Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel if required.  

6. When all scratches / marks are removed and the work piece has a uniform dull finish, remove the Sisal Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel. 

7. Attach the Colour Stitch or White Stitch Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel onto the Mandrel / Adaptor and screw on tightly.
  

8. Run the Drill or Angle / Bench grinder and apply the relevant Metal Polishing Compound to the Colour Stitch or White Stitch Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel for approx. 2 seconds. 

9. Apply the Polishing Buffing Wheel to the item to be polished with medium pressure. This will remove the dull finish left by the first process and leave the work piece with a semi-bright finish. 

10. Apply more Metal Polishing Compound to the Colour Stitch or White Stitch Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel if required.

11. When you have a uniform semi-bright finish, remove the Colour / White Stitch Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel. 

12. Attach the ‘G’ Loose Fold or Swansdown WDR Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel onto the Mandrel / Adaptor and screw on tightly.  

13. Run the Drill or Angle / Bench Grinder and apply the relevant Metal Polishing Compound to the ‘G’ Loose Fold or Swansdown WDR Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel for approx. 2 seconds.

14. Apply the Polishing Buffing Wheel to the item to be polished with light pressure. This will remove the semi bright finish left by the second process and leave the work piece with a bright finish. 

15. Apply more Metal Polishing Compound to the ‘G’ Loose Fold or Swansdown WDR Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel if required.

16. You should now be left with a bright finish.
  

17. Rub the polished article with Vienna Lime Powder and a dry soft Microfibre Cloth. This will remove any excess Metal Polishing Compound and grease left on the surface. 

 

Polishing Tips

Try to constantly vary the directions of which you polish. This is not always possible but recommended as some articles may be an unsuitable size and shape. 
Use Metal Polishing Compound sparingly, black grease marks will appear on work piece if too much Metal Polishing Compound has been applied to the Polishing Buffing Wheel. 
Remove black grease marks with Vienna Lime and a dry soft Microfibre Cloth.

Remember: little and often. 

If it is possible, polish across marks / scratches - not along them.  
If the surface of the work piece is lacquered you must remove the lacquer before polishing, use a household paint remover available from your local DIY store.  
Remember to wear appropriate safety gear.  

Use a different Metal Polishing Buffing Wheel for each Metal Polishing Compound.
If you need to use a different Metal Polishing Compound on the same Polishing Buffing Wheel, or just to clean the wheel, you can apply a Wire Brush or a Bland Knife against the rotating wheel to clear the compound residue.

Do not mix different Metal Polishing Compounds on the same Polishing Buffing Wheel.  

If you are polishing small articles then you can fix your drill into a vice, this will enable you to polish these small articles with ease. 
Sometimes when you have polished a surface you may see a slight coat of grease or finger marks on the work piece - these can be removed with Vienna Lime Powder. Just rub the powder onto the work piece with a dry soft Microfibre Cloth.  
Protect polished articles with a good wax polish. 
If you wish to electroplate or lacquer the polished article, please make sure you use a good de-greaser and do not protect with wax polish. Any dirt or grease / wax will interfere with the adhesion of the plated metal or lacquer.  

 

Our Own Polishing Instruction Videos:

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Health & Safety

Always use safety equipment - dust mask, safety spectacles and gloves should be worn at all times. 
 

Always apply the item being finished to the area of the mop which is rotating away from yourself.