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Old 10-26-2004, 05:36 PM #1
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A quick polishing tutorial..

Just something I did when I was bored.

Polishing


Here is a Tutorial for Polish aluminum and other metals.

You will need:

Buffing Wheels (Sisal,Spiral Sewn,Loose Cottton) You can buy these at *Here!

And a wire wheel/brush to get out rough spots, you can get wire brishes also at home depot. Also, high grit sandpaper works well.

Mothers Mag Polish..Its the best. Can be obtained at Kragen. Or White Rogue compound, I think you can get this at Home Depot.

Mothers Chrome Polish...Can be obtained at Kragen also. For the final shine!

A Electric Drill, The powerful ones or adjustable ones work the best.

Or a dremel. With polishing attachments.

Emery and Tripoli Compound and Jewelers Rouge. Not sure where you can find this.. but I had it in my garage.


First, You take the machine of your choice (Drill,Dremel, or bench grinder with wheel) and set up the wheel on it, the you put some mag polsih on the part your polishing and turn it on, go over the part evenly, do it for about 5-10mins.
Then wipe of the excess, clean the wheel if its dirty (Will be covered next).
Then get your emery and tripoli compound and put it on the wheel, go over the part for 5-10mins, then wipe off the excess. Finally get your jewlers rouge and go over the part with detail, wipe off excess, clean with water. Then get a soft cloth and get the chrome polish and go over the part. Wipe off excess, then get a clean towel and wipe it some more. Rinse it off, dry, and blingz!


To clean the wheel get a old hacksaw and take off the blade and put ductape on the ends to make a handle, then put it near the wheel, and make sure the wheel is going in the opposite direction you just did, so if you went forward go backward.
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Old 10-26-2004, 06:10 PM #2
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rule # 1....never use a wire wheel on soft metals....especially aluminum..it will create so many gouges that will have to be SANDED out, youll cry...i have used a wire wheel on steel, but never aluminum...for a brushed look, an extremely fine wire wheel for a dremel will work, that i have done (brushed a mag body)....just use sandpaper, stepping the grit from 200-2000 in even increments, wet sanding as you go higher

to clean the wheel, a flat blade screwdriver will be fine, stick it in until the powder stops flying

i believe i posted something like this before, it was ignored, or copied incorrectly several times after...

the process you said was fine, but never wire wheel it....strip the finish via stripping agent or sandpaper...

sand it using 200-2000 grit, gradually build up and wet sand to get a smoother finish...as you get higher, itll start to shine w/out a polish

next, clean it, wash it off

get a buffing wheel, spiral sewn works best, i use an 8 inch spiral sewn wheel, with white rouge, most common and gets the job done....clean the wheel w/ screwdriver to remove old compound...

push stick into wheel to put new compound on...buff away..itll get hot in spots, so be careful....add compound as needed.....

clean the part with a solvent, admire and reassemble...
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Old 10-26-2004, 06:47 PM #3
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Thats weird, I used a wire wheel on aluminum and it worked fine, then again it was a small piece.

Thanks for the tip!
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Old 10-26-2004, 06:51 PM #4
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how fine of wire...?
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Old 10-26-2004, 09:50 PM #5
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Ehh, pretty fine, not very thick.
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Old 10-26-2004, 10:40 PM #7
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try a brass wire wheel gives it a swirl look that "moves" in the light
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Old 10-26-2004, 11:49 PM #8
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brass being softer than aluminum..thats how the mag bodies i did looked, brushed is what its called
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Old 10-26-2004, 11:55 PM #9
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I see a sticky in the works.
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Old 10-27-2004, 12:42 AM #10
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i think we could make a better on to sticky, ill work on it, ill get a few links and some steps w/pics...if itll get a sticky
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Old 10-27-2004, 12:47 AM #11
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Do it, seems like alot of people talking about polishing crap nowdays.
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yeah..too bad my rents moved and i stayed, i had enough stuff to polish anything, i could do it for cheap.....
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Old 10-27-2004, 04:21 PM #13
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how would you polish the inside of a barrel?
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Old 10-27-2004, 04:49 PM #14
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wooden dowel, strips of a towel, drill, and polishing compound/toothpaste. take the strips and wrap them around the end of the dowel till its a snug fit in the barrel. Apply compound/toothpaste, chuck up in drill and go at it.
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watch the heat.....also, i dont think home methods will provide accuate enough results....the tolerances people use for barrel making are .0001, so how can a towel do that..but it will make it shine
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polishing the internals of a marker and a barrel reduce friction. Thats the only reason to do it. On older barrels esp old brass barrels that would tarnish you had to polish them. Damn I'm getting old.
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i would not use emery cloth on exposed aluminum. Since emery cloth has metal in it you are going to cause corrosion by having 2 dissimilar metals in contact with eachother. Use polishing compounds or similar to remove the metal from the aluminum or you will be creating more work for yourself.
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emery cloth wont do anything...you remove the metal when you go up to polishng compound....and most sandpaper has aluminum in it...
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If you are polishing aluminum you will get an almost mirror finish at 1000grit. If it seems a bit foggy still make sure that you are adding enough water to rinse away the excess particles that are being removed.

Some people have said that using a polishing compound like Mothers Mag compound is not the best for the aluminum if you are going to be working with it beyond that. Mothers polish conditions the metal to prevent corrosion. If you are going to be annodizing later in a do-it-yourself manner I'd try and steer away from that and just use a very fine sandpaper where you can. At 1500grit and especially 2000grit I doubt you could tell the difference on the alluminum as far as how much smoother the surface is. That and the acid should eat away any of the more exposed peaks on the surface of the metal.

Of course if you are just leaving the aluminum bare use Mothers Mag until your arm falls off.
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watch the heat.....also, i dont think home methods will provide accuate enough results....the tolerances people use for barrel making are .0001, so how can a towel do that..but it will make it shine
I don't think I have ever seen a paintball barrel that was even close to holding that tolerance. I don't think you will find any that hold a .001 tolerance. Much less a tenth.
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Ok, what if I wanted to have the polished aluminum show up in a design like letters? would that be to hard to get it accurately close the the logo?
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