Metal polish

Discussion in 'Non Technical' started by JEDI-77, Jan 28, 2003.

  1. JEDI-77

    JEDI-77 Jedi Master

    just got my Z keyrings from greg (thanks greg) and am wondering what I could do with them to make em more snazzy. I dont know much (if anything) about metal work. What do I use to polish metal up to a nice shine??? and is there anything I can coat it in to maintain that shine??? Or what about painting them??? is there some sort of paint or procedure that wont scratch off when it gets banged around?? Any info would be great..:)CheersJEDI-77
  2. chewy

    chewy Active Member

    what are they made of ? (n/m)

  3. JEDI-77

    JEDI-77 Jedi Master

    Stainless steel (n/m)

  4. Blipman

    Blipman Beer hooves totally work

    Just had a play with mine

    thanks too Greg, they look great. I gave them a sand with a 500 grit wet paper, then 1000 grit, then with a dremel. They look much better, but I can still see minor scratch marks in them..... this is the first time I've ever really polished anything.... any tips on getting that final step done, or will they always be slightly imperfect the instant you touch them with yer fingers?Ben
  5. Bollie7

    Bollie7 New Member


    What did you use in the dremel?
    I don't know exactly what the keyrings look like but if you have already used 1000 W&D I would be inclined to keep going via 1500 and then 2000. Did you use it wet or dry? You will get a better finish wet. after the 2000 you can then get serious and start using a compound (brasso, silvo even paint cutting compound) followed by a good metal polish like autosol.
    The finish you get depends on how long you want to spend on it and how long your fingers hold out.
    The other alternative is to use a buff. If you don't have access to one you could contact a metal polishing company. (yellow pages) It might not cost that much to get your keyrings done.
    Peter Marr
  6. chewy

    chewy Active Member

    I use scotch-brite on stainless >>

    to get most of the scratches out followed by a go on a tightly stitched cloth wheel with the green polishing compound from Josco products. If you are using emry paper (wet&dry) then you'll need to definitely use running water on it when sanding to remove really small scratches. Also those small scratches will need about 1200 or 2000 grit to remove them all.  
    To keep the shine on metal I used hair spray or Mr Sheen. I usually put a coat on and then bake it in the sun for a few hours - repeat this about 5 times to build up a decent layer plus it also adds an extra shine to it. You can spray it with clear coat paint for a more lasting finish also.
    I've done my upper plenum, clutch master cylinder, engine mounts, CAS, CAS bracket, oil pipes, coolant pipes, vacuum pipes, throttle bodies and coil brackets using the above techniques and this is what you'll end up with

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