First off, I have no formal training, so I am self-learning as i go.
I like to restore silver rings and bracelets and am looking to improve my manual process to reduce the wear on my finger/wrist joints.
My current process is
By hand depending on how deep the scratches are to use successively higher grades of sand paper
- Diamond File
Then I move over to the Red-Wing 1/4HP wheel using 3" Grobet Muslin Wheels and Dialux comounds
- Orange - Tripoli
- Green - Polish
- Black - Super Premium Polish - Mirror finish
I also have a Foredom Flexible Shaft I have been experimenting with various tools. While I like the Flex Shaft for removing the larger/deeper scratches quickly, I have found that i tend to cut into the metal too much if I use it on lighter scratches (i.e. using the Eve silicone wheels), so the flex shaft is only saving me the manual labor of the diamond file and the 180 grit. I still have to hand-work the 320 grit through 5000 paper.
The tools I have utilized on the flex shaft are mesh 320 wheel, 800 grit wrapped sandpaper wheels, and some medium, fine and extra fine Eve silicone polishng wheels. The eve polishing wheels are only 3.3mm thick and have a tendency to remove too much metal due to their narrowness which and results in divots.
What are your recommendations for the 320 to 800 range, which is the majority of the hand work and literal elbow grease that results in sore fingers/wrists?
In a perfect world, I am probably looking for a series of 3" wheels for the bench wheel and/or a recommended series of wide abrasives for the flex shaft.
If you have specific make/model that would be awesome.
Also, if anything I am saying is in left field, would appreciate the feedback.