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Forum topic by Garp posted 1349 days ago 1840 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Garp

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1349 days ago

Hi,

Ive been trying out making .45 pistol grips from acrylic reserved wood. I just can’t seem to get their finish polished right. Anyone have experience with buffing/polishing these to a shine?


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#1 posted 1349 days ago

Have you tried a plastic polish with a buffing wheel. What’s your game plan been so far ?

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#2 posted 1349 days ago

I tried using white buffing compound on a cloth wheel after sanding it. My wheel is a Harbor freight special on a drill. ;-)

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bake

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#3 posted 1349 days ago

James,
The acrylic does not always penetrate the wood uniformly due to some areas being softer than others. In the areas where there is lots of acrylic it will polish ok but it can be dull in other areas.
Try finishing the whole grip with CA glue then sand it from 1200 to 12000 grit just like you would a pen. its quite a bit of work but should not be too bad on a small set of grips. I have seen this done on rifle stocks, it makes a great durable finish.

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