We need to polish is 3/16" plate 316 stainless steel. We
would like to polish it to a good shiny finish.
Phyllis, I polish my steel tools for working in metal,
especially after one of the males in my household get hold of it.
I begin with sanding disks in various grits to bring it to a
uniform finish, ending with 400 grit. Then I charge a hard felt
wheel with White Diamond polishing compound. This brings it to a
smooth, shiny matte finish. To bring it up to a mirror polish, I
charge another hard felt wheel with Fabulustre polishing
compound and finish. This is usually sufficient for my purposes.
If it needs to be even more reflective, charge another hard felt
wheel with Zam and polish. Don’t use these wheels for softer
metals. Reserve them for steel only. Otherwise, it picks up
miniscule bits of steel which scratch soft metals. Also, be sure
to use hard felt wheels, or heavily stitched muslin or leather
wheels. You need a very firm surface for polishing steel. K.P.