I’m going a little nuts right now making custom child silhouettes.
Most are brushed finish, but a few customers like a polished piece.
The pieces are about 1" x 1" and flat, out of sterling silver. My
problem is that I’ll do thorough surface prep, sand to 1500 grit,
then prepolish and polish. Everything is good to that point and I get
a nice shine. Then I try and clean any compound off of the piece with
a polishing cloth (2 piece rouge/polishing, or sunsheen cloth, as
received, clean and new) or paper towel, or piece of clean flannel
and immmediately it seems as if I’m putting horrible little fine
scratches into the piece.
So my question is, what material/cloth/paper/etc should I use to do
final cleaning of a piece? Is it possible that everything I own is
contaminated with grit (If you’ve seen my house, the answer is
probably yes)? How do you guys clean off the piece after polishing,
removing fingerprints, etc?