(Topic ID: 103776)

Need help polishing my knob.


By dtown

5 years ago



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    #1 5 years ago

    I polished the shooter knob on my Williams Liberty Bell and it looks pretty darn good unless you shine hard light at it. Then it looks cloudy with small swirl scratches.

    I used a 7" polisher/sander and started with blue polishing pad and green stick from Harbor Freight. Worked it down till it was shiny and, then, applied a paste wax with the black finishing pad. Did I miss a step?

    I'm not complaining. It does look really good. Better than what the photo shows but was just curious if I can get those swirls out.

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    #3 5 years ago

    If you watch Clay's TOPS videos I believe Sapphire has the best shooter knob polishing technique.

    just sayin...
    faz

    #4 5 years ago

    Polishing compounds should be used with a buffing wheel rather than a buffing pad. Use a 1/8" or 1/4" stitch with more aggressive compounds and a looser stitch (3/8" or 1/2") with finishing compounds.

    Green should do it for the compound, but if not then finish with a finer grit.

    More info: http://www.swmetal.com/category-s/1865.htm

    #5 5 years ago
    Quoted from terryb:

    Polishing compounds should be used with a buffing wheel rather than a buffing pad. Use a 1/8" or 1/4" stitch with more aggressive compounds and a looser stitch (3/8" or 1/2") with finishing compounds.
    Green should do it for the compound, but if not then finish with a finer grit.
    More info: http://www.swmetal.com/category-s/1865.htm

    Thanks for the info. I looked over the site. Seems like I'd need a bench grinder/buffer for this. Unfortunately, I just don't have the room for one.

    #6 5 years ago

    I use Mothers Mag Polish and 'chuck' the shooter rod in a drill. Put some of the mag polish on a cloth and run the drill in the cloth/polish....comes out like a mirror. After that I wipe w/Windex(to get any black residue off you reall don't see) and then wax. Just an easy/another option.

    #7 5 years ago
    Quoted from dtown:

    Thanks for the info. I looked over the site. Seems like I'd need a bench grinder/buffer for this. Unfortunately, I just don't have the room for one.

    You can use a variable speed drill or a dremel tool with a buffing wheel. Just as long as you can run at a lower speed. Cash_Riprock's suggestion would also work.

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