Polishing

Polishing

buff-wheel

The photo above shows a Custom Cougar being polished with a cloth buffing wheel on an electric buffer. This is generally the best method if you have the buffer. If you only have a rotary tool, you can purchase the appropriate attachments and use it for polishing, as shown in the photo below. Dremel makes and entire polishing kit for their rotary tool line as do a number of other manufacturers.

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The average casting will usually require some preparation work before you begin buffing. It may be desirable, for example, to file down any excessive casting lines or other flaws in the cast. And then you’ll probably want to begin your polishing by using some fine sandpaper, either by hand or using rotary tool sanding discs. Or, as Bob Ratliff suggests, you may fore go sanding and simply begin working the body over with a product called “Brasso,” as shown below (available at Wal-Mart and other outlets).

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If the casting is in good shape after stripping, then Brasso and some elbow grease may be all you need. Brasso is applied using a clean, soft cloth, rubbing lightly. Then you let it dry and polish with a soft, dry cloth.

If using a traditional buffing wheel or your rotary tool to polish cars, you’ll need some sort of “rouge,” or fine abrasive. Red rouge is pictured below.

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Another alternative is super fine sandpaper followed by fine steel wool. But this is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process. Whichever method you choose, please understand that polishing is, in general, a bit of work. But the results are often impressive! Especially if your ultimate goal is a spectraflame type finish. Good luck!

howie-polishcamaro

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