Hello all you experts out there !!!
I recently started making titanium rings on my lathe and am enjoying
both the creative and technical aspects of the work (as well as the
social connections that come with selling jewelry!). Okay, so here’s
the reason for my post - I have not been able to achieve the
mirror-like finish I am looking for. I’ve been using a bench
grinder, an old buffing wheel (part of the problem!?) and red
polishing compound, but it’s just not doing the trick.
Since titanium is a relatively hard metal, I am guessing that the
polishing needs to be a multi-step process: 1st step - use courser
wheel and polishingcompound to smooth out the rough spots. 2nd step
- use medium course wheeland compound. 3rd/4th steps - use finer and
finest wheels and compounds. Does that sound about right?
My bench grinders have a 1/2" straight shaft and turn at about
Can anyone recommend which buffing wheels and polishing compounds to
use (for titanium) for steps 1-4?
And what about for polishing the inside of the ring? I have seen
tapered shaft attachments for bench grinders with course to find
properties. Which would you recommend?
With much appreciation and thanks!