Most of my pieces have brass wire or pieces of brass sheet
soldered onto them. My polishing problem is not being able
to buff close enough to the brass embellishments. I usually
end up with a cloudy line "shadowing" the brass pieces.
What can I do to get a bright & shiny piece without these
I use knife edge felt buffs to buff around bezels and other
raised embellishments. These are available in a range of sizes. I
use large ones on the buffer and small ones on the flex shaft.
They are kind of expensive though and care should be taken to
learn to sharpen them. I use course sanding belt material. One
should be careful not to overheat the felt when sharpening as the
hard ones lose their “temper” and become soft and mushy.
You have to be careful when using felt knife edge buffs so you
don’t create noticeable depressions in the metal. Use lots of
tripoli and keep things moving.
I also use a lot of 6" knife edge buffing wheels on the buffer.
These are indispensable.
It is hard to give specific advice not knowing exactly what you
are trying to buff. Most buffing problems can be eliminated at
the drawing board. In other words do not design areas of a piece
that cannot be buffed or finished properly.