In Search of Buffing Excellence
|Ask 100 enthusiasts what buffing means, you're likely to receive that many different answers, ranging from, "It's the next step after sanding," to "It's how to bring out the shine!" Both answers are correct, showing why understanding proper buffing materials and techniques are essential to achieving great results. Years of Eastwood customer input and testing by our employees allow us to deliver the right combination of products to bring virtually any metal surface to a mirror shine.
Buffing will level irregularities on the surface. It's a combination of the right materials and the proper technique that yields show-winning results. Buffing is the fastest and easiest way to bring out the "shine". Anyone can master the art of buffing with the right tools and techniques.
Hot to Buff the Right Way
Buffing the Right Way:
Dressing The Buffing Wheel
Working the Piece
One of the keys to successful buffing is to let the wheel do the work. Use only light pressure against the wheel and always keep the piece moving. Before you begin, double check the surface of the piece to ensure that there are no deep scratches in the surface. If you can catch your fingernail in the scratch, you will have to file and sand it out before you begin buffing.
First, mount a treated or untreated Sisal Wheel and load it with Emery Compound. Emery is fairly coarse and will remove fine scratches, leaving a uniform finish. NOTE: The treated Sisal Wheel will produce faster results.
With the buffing motor off, make practice runs with your piece to determine your pattern. Be aware of any corners, sharp edges, or bolt holes that the wheel may catch. Work on one small area at a time.
Begin in one area and work the part across the buff horizontally. Use light pressure and move down 1/4" after each pass until you have finished. Inspect your work frequently. When you have finished that section, move on to the next one, reapplying compound as necessary.
After you have buffed the entire piece, clean it thoroughly with PRE (#10041Z), Metal Wash (#10120), lacquer thinner, or dish washing detergent and let it cool before continuing. Make sure all traces of the compound you were just using are wiped from the piece before continuing. Otherwise you will contaminate the next wheel and compromise your results.
Store Wheels and Compounds Properly
Now mount the treated, untreatedm or ventilated Spiral Sewn Wheel to the motor and apply the stainless Compound/ Again, buff the piece in the same manner as when you used the Emery Compound, working the piece at right angles to the previous grit scratches until all Emery Compound scratches are eliminated. You will notice that the Stainless Compound is not as aggressive as the Emery Compound, but that it will smooth out the buffing marks left by the more coarse Emery Compound.
Buffing in Restricted Spaces
Inspect Your Progress
If you notice medium scratches in the piece, but your fingernail does not catch on them, mark those areas and repeat the Sisal/Emery process. Do not attempt to buff them out with the Stainless Compound. If you notice scratches which are deep enough for your fingernail to catch, then you will need to re-polish the piece and repeat the buffing process from the start.
When you have finished the entire piece, let it cool, clean it, and put the Spiral Wheel and Stainless Compound in a seal-able plastic bag.
Final Buffing or “Coloring”
Heat Generated by Buffing
Buffing Aluminum and Other Soft Metals and Plastics
Special Protection for Polished Metals
A Closer Look at the Art & Science
Eastwood has gone to great lengths to offer buffing products to assure your success, but your technique will enhance results. Contact pressure, buffing speed, dwell time and contact angle are key elements in achieving the desired results.
All the Products...and the Expertise to Go With it!
Eastwood's experts have selected the best mix of buffing tools and supplies to help you achieve great results. Use the selection charts inside the Buffing section of our online Tech Library to pick the right products for your projects...or you can talk to our experts when you visit our online forum, or choose from our how-to videos and DVDs to gain the knowledge you need. There's no better way to enhance your buffing skills.