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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 12-31-2013 09:52 PM 621 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2013 09:52 PM

Curious if any of you found products that can bring a high polish to the sole and sides of a plane? The wire wheel works good and gives it a nice shine, but was looking for something a little shinier.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin


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#1 posted 12-31-2013 10:13 PM

Sure. Just take it through the grits on finer and finer SC paper. Just like you do to sharpen using the “Scary Sharp” method. You can create a mirror surface if you wish.

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#2 posted 12-31-2013 10:24 PM

and/or buy some polishing wheels and compound.

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#3 posted 12-31-2013 10:30 PM

Forgot to mention, would rather not go the sandpaper route.. takes forever. How do the wheels and compounds work don? I use a polishing compound for brass and it works wonders, not so much on the cast iron.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#4 posted 12-31-2013 10:33 PM

It depends. You have to get it to some resemblance of smooth with sandpaper first. Usually to at least 600 grit.

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#5 posted 12-31-2013 10:52 PM

This is my go to http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002P51S72

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#6 posted 12-31-2013 10:54 PM

Actually i was checking those out. I noticed your planes look REALLY shiny, do you do any work prior to using them?

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#7 posted 12-31-2013 11:09 PM

Isn’t that a little too much? Mirror finish on a plane? Why, unless that’s just what ya want?
OK! My contribution:
Some MAAS metal polish and rubbed in with aluminum foil. That’ll work pretty well.
Bill

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#8 posted 12-31-2013 11:32 PM

If its tarnish or rust the wheel is all I use. If it has gunk on it I’ll clean it first then use the wheel. And it goes very quick in my opinion. I use it on all steel and iron.

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#9 posted 12-31-2013 11:35 PM

What if the iron is clean, such as after a bath in evaporust, its fine to use?

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#10 posted 01-01-2014 12:12 AM

That’s what did.

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#11 posted 01-01-2014 12:12 AM

Cool! Was just curious if it could hurt the metal or not.

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#12 posted 01-01-2014 12:19 AM

If you really push hard for extended amounts of time it will get too hot to touch, but I don’t think its ever gotten hot enough to effect temper.

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#13 posted 01-01-2014 01:05 AM

I was speaking in terms of eating through the metal.

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#14 posted 01-01-2014 01:12 AM

Not that I experienced bit I’m sure you could go over board

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#15 posted 01-01-2014 01:23 AM

the reason most users do not get polished is the work it creates trying to keep a user in that condition in the shop. You’ll spend more time wiping off finger prints than planing wood.

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