we are polishing any metals there are always things to be taken into
consideration whether the metal is aluminum, stainless steel, brass, silver or
that make life easier, healthier, safer, quicker or basically deliver better
will try to pass on some of the tricks we have learned to save you time and
Clean up your work as much as you possibly can before you try to polish
Clean up your work area regularly placing hazardous tools and chemicals
out of harms way.
Avoid build up of buffing dusts, soiled cloths, or mixing dusts and
By mixing solvents , various metal buffings, shavings, and maybe a bit of
oil in a bin we have the potential for a big firework. Don't do it.
Do not smoke, use open flame burners or any other source of ignition in a
fume or dust laden atmosphere. People often forget about dust explosions. They
are normally fatal.
Clean up your work piece between every buffing stage with either alcohol
or mineral spirits to remove dirt and residue from compounds.
Any abrasive or polish is only as fine as its coarsest component.
Use cloths that have no labels and preferably no sewn edges.
When you are polishing large pieces, do small areas at a time, it's
faster and more consistent.
When you do a final polish,
clean up and then buff it out. Any dirt on the cloth? Buff it again
Never put waxes over chrome. It makes it look hazy.
Remove buff lines with flour or sodium bicarbonate.
Remove surplus waxes and polishes from seams, pit marks or awkward to get
at places with flour.
Mist your final buffing with a light misting of water and buff it again.
This seals both metals and waxes and helps reduce water stains from rain and
Always use top quality soft cloths for your final buffing.
Use light pressure, especially on polishing strokes when power buffing.
It reduces scratches.
Always move buff machines slowly across work pieces, again, less
Never, ever, use anhydrous solvents, ammonia or acids, or polishes that
contain them on aluminum, Brass, Copper or bronze. They eat Zinc and attack most
alloys. Brass is Zinc and copper, it is normally present in aluminum, it is
used to make many steels and alloys less corrosive.
Always try to make finishing strokes with machines or by hand in the
direction of the grain if the metal is rolled.
If you use electrical tools make sure there is a G.C.F.I. (Ground circuit
fault indicator) in the line. It might save your life.
If you use air tools drain your tanks regularly, and if you can put an
air drier between the compressor and the tank. Dry air equals less rust. Your
tank will last a life time.
Don't rush your polish job. It will show.
Always wear safety glasses when working with power tools.
Always use liquid polishes, pastes, paint strippers, solvents, etc. in
well ventilated areas.
Never, ever, remove oil, grease, buffing compound from the skin with
solvents, mineral spirits, gasoline, kerosene, alcohol or similar chemicals. If
soap and maybe a little pumice wont do it. stay dirty, it'll wear off. Use
chemicals and you may save the undertaker a little formaldehyde, but other than
that, the potential results are all
Avoid particulate absorption of metals. Excess metals in the system cause
all sorts of disorders and they are readily taken in through the skin and lungs.
The easiest way to reduce contamination is to polish in the open air and
in areas where the is a cross flow of air
Don't let all my warnings get you down or frighten you, just be
sensible and enjoy your polishing safely.
Remember that polishers always have a bright future.