stainless steel polishing

6043ron

Member
Jun 3, 2010
48
USA/Pennsylvania
What do you use and what method do you use to polish your stainless steel ?
 
May 21, 2010
1,203
Wilkes-Barre, Pa
I agree with Eric NeverDull is a great product. I cannot stand the smell of it and it's messy.


I have been using Meguiars All Metal Polish in the tan jar. It's discontinued but you can usually still find it at some auto parts stores or online. Runs about $6 to $7 a jar. I use it on just about everything from bare metal to painted surfaces.


The new version they came out with is not as good as the original. It's called NXT Generation.
 

6043ron

Member
Jun 3, 2010
48
USA/Pennsylvania
Has anyone every used a buffing wheel and bar polish on stainless ? Did you use a bench buffing wheel or a hand held buffer ? I haven't had much luck with waxes, chrome or metal polishes or never dull. I'm looking for a mirror finish.


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Enkay Buffing and Polishing Compound - Green Stainless Steel


For stainless steel and other hard metals


Green compound is specially formulated to remove light scratches and polish stainless steel to a lustrous shine!


Features:


Applied on buffing wheels


Extra dry compound used for color buffing Stainless Steel to a mirror like finish


Use on Stainless Steel as well as other hard metals


Also used for color buffing chromium work to a higher and brighter luster and to remove stains and frosted burn marks


NOT reccommended for buffing plastics and softer metals such as gold and silver


4-oz Bar measures approx 1in. x 1in. x 5in.
 

Henry455

Member
May 21, 2010
513
Houston, TX
It all depends on the condition of the piece, the size of the piece and how often you plan to polish. When I received my Xecutor speaker (aluminum) the finish was well weathered and had "dust scratches" and water spotting and spots of oxidation over the entire surface. I took the plunge and bought a inexpensive China 8" buffer from Northern Tool after getting a quote from a commercial polisher. I actually saved money. It did take about a total of 3 man hours over a 3 day period but I was more than pleased with the results.


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Polishing stainless of course takes different compounds and is slower than aluminum but if done right can produce mirror like finishes.


My buffer: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/ ... _200365150


Good resource on buffing basics : http://www.caswellplating.com/buffs/buffman.htm
 

6043ron

Member
Jun 3, 2010
48
USA/Pennsylvania
WOW!! First of all great job on the siren!! And second, Thank you for the wealth of info you posted !! It will not go to waste. Exactally what I was looking for.
 

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