Originally Posted by Pdubs
Anyone wanna explain the buffer method in detail? And it would be theoretically possible to do this with an entire gun right? Also, what the hell is rouge?
The buffing method involves a buffing/polishing wheel (usually a bench model), buffing compound (usually called Tripoli), and polishing compound (Rouge).
The compounds are easily found at any jeweler's supply. Tripoli and Rouge are easily compared to sandpaper. Rouge has a much finer "grit" than Tripoli does. Rouge could be compared to 1200+ grit whereas Tripoli is finer than most sandpapers out there.
Pre-note: Don't mix compounds on the same buffing/polishing wheels.
The most basic buffing method is much simpler than hand polishing and usually much quicker too.
Always wear eye protection!!
Turn on your buffer/polisher. Apply buffing (Tripoli) compound while wheel is spinning. Hold your part firmly and make part meet wheel. They will go on a lovely date involving a bunch of heat. The part will heat up quickly depending on the material though.
Then repeat using a separate wheel with the polishing (Rouge) compound.
If you let the buffer snatch the part from your hands, it will most likely cause dents, scratches, and even bend the part.
Also, Do you apply a clear coat to your parts after you polish them or do you just regularly polish your parts?