(Topic ID: 7858)

Flame Polishing Plastics

By Bounce

8 years ago

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  • Latest reply 6 years ago by Bok013
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    #1 8 years ago

    I've seen numerous references to this technique, but nothing very specific about how to do it. I'm primarily interested in clearing up some of my ramps. I thought I'd first wash them, then hit them with some Plexus, but if that doesn't do the trick, I need to take it to the next level. Is flame polishing something a novice should even try? If so, how do you do it, what should be avoided, and, other than a melt down, what are the risks?
    the other Skip

    #2 8 years ago

    Not for a novice.

    You can practice and learn and become an expert pretty fast.

    Get a propane torch, a piece of junk plastic. And go to town.

    Keep flame moving, back and forth, circular, and don't hold in one place. with a little practice you'll be good at it in no time and can move onto your ramps.

    On the scrap piece you'll learn what the polished look is, and what the burned bubbly look is. And to never get the whole thing or parts of it too hot.


    #3 8 years ago

    Order Shaggy's "Lost In The Zone" DVD; he shows you how to do it.

    But as LTG says practice on some junk ramps first.


    #4 8 years ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Keep flame moving, back and forth, circular, and don't hold in one place.

    Quoted from NM:

    Order Shaggy's "Lost In The Zone" DVD; he shows you how to do it.

    Thanks guys. I'll definitely practice first. I need to borrow back Shaggy's DVD from the friend I gave it to. I don't have a TZ but he does and I never watched it.
    the other Skip

    1 year later
    #8 6 years ago

    Thanks for the info. I have some ramps that are in serious need.

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