- About Polishing
There is a huge selection of polishing wheels and compounds that we could discuss, however lets take a look at a small selection of what Polish Up has to offer.
We'll also give you an idea of the different combinations giving you an indication of which wheels to use with which compounds.
Bare in mind that it really depends on the metal you are polishing, how hard or soft it is, and the finish you are looking for.
Polishing Wheels (Mops)
First of all explaining the polishing wheel dimensions as sold by Polish Up:
Ex: 4″ x 1″ (2 section) polishing wheels
4″ or 100mm is the diameter of the mop. The common diameters we sell are 2″, 3″, 4″, 6″ and 8″. We can supply larger sizes on request.
1″ (2 section) is the thickness. A section is approximately 12.7mm. The more sections the thicker the polishing wheel. In this case 2 sections making an inch. 1 section would be 1/2″. You'll find though that it may say 2 section but the mop is actually 3 inches across. This would be due to the softness of the mop. An example would be a swansdown polishing wheel.
Explaining some of the different types of polishing wheel:
Sisal polishing wheel – consisting of cloth layers and sisal layers stitched together to the desired thickness, these buffs are suitable for the preparation of polishing surfaces with excellent cutting power when used together with a suitable compound. Some sisal polishing wheels are dip treated to be more aggressive when cutting.
polishing wheel, similar to each other. The white stitch is slightly softer than the colour stitch. Good for a polishing operation where you need brightness back when the condition of the metal is not marked/scratched or badly pitted. These can be used to cut as well with a compound but are less aggressive than sisal.
Calico “B” Loose Flap Polishing Wheel – Are a very popular grade of finsihingwheel. with 100% cotton discs these are a harder grade of loose mops commonly used as an alternative to
white stitch wheels and very popular for precious metals and final polishings to your metal surface.
Swansdown WDR polishing wheels – A very soft grade of finishing mop. WDR means “white double raised” and these wheels are also know as Swansdownwheels. Generally used for soft precious metals, jewelery etc in the final finish.
An ideal set of polishing wheels would consist of one of each especially the sisal, stitch and “B” Loose Flap Polishing Wheels.
Depending on what metal you are polishing, a compound combination would be the next step in your polishing kit choice.
There are 6 fundemental compounds we sell on our site:
Our cutting and buffing compounds are suitable for polishing ferrous and non ferrous metals, stainless steel, brass, copper, aluminium etc. They can each be used on a metal depending on how aggressive you want the cutting or how bright you want the finish to be.
A fast and economical cutter for hard metals. The rate of metal removal is high, with less emphasis on brightness. To be used on sisal buffs for the removal of scratches and "orange peel" from all metals.
A fast cutter for all metals with medium brightness. May be used on a sisal buff for cutting, followed on a cotton buff for medium brightness.
Combined cutting and finishing compound for soft metals only. Suitable for aluminium, brass, copper and zinc diecast. Follow up with a finishing compound like SS Finish or Green Chrome if a brighter surface is required using a white stitch or loose flap polishing wheel.
The multi-purpose finishing compound. Suitable for all metals. Also performs well as a cutter if used on a hard cotton or sisal buff followed by a loose flap polishing wheel for your finish.
For high brightness and good cut. Suitable for all metals, including stainless steel. Recommended for surfaces that are smooth to begin with and are free of deep scratches. Use a sisal buff for cutting and a cotton buff for bright finishing.
For mirror finishing with minimal cut. Best used after a perfect cutting or prepolishing operation. Polishes all metals to high brightness when used on a soft cotton buff.
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