Polishing chain is very risky. If the wheel catches the chain you
may not have time to move your hand away before the chain does.
I use mostly big link chains When I polish a chain I mount it to a
2" wide piece of oak about 6" long. I hammer a brad into the top
surface of one end, cut off the head off and bend it towards the end
of the board. I can hook the end of the chain on the brad and pull
the chain tight towards the other end. I polish the chain as it
rests on the board. The chain is then removed and flopped over to
allow polishing of the other side. I progressively move the chain
so that I am polishing a new section until I polish the whole thing.
The chain must be gathered behind the block of wood and held on
tightly so that there are no loose ends.
I hold the chain against the wheel so that it is parallel to the
diameter of the wheel not crosswise. You can polish a chain fairly
well by using a sunshine cloth from Rio Grande. Fold the cloth over
the chain and pull it through the cloth. This process will clean up
most chains unless it is severely blackened. The best advice is not
to polish a chain on the buffing wheel.