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Tips polishing silver castings


#1

I am interested in knowing if anyone has any tips for polishing
silver castings.

They are using a lap to flat surfaces, clean, then high polish with
soft white buff, and a white Dialux compound. The final polish is not
good enough. To many scratches and surface texture.

The process that I have used for many years is:

Tumble (cut down)
Tumble (steal shot, or pin tumbler)
Pre-polish with a cutting compound (bobbing, lap compound)
Clean
Final polish soft white buff (zam compound)

Any tips would be great


#2

James - Some of this depends on the quality of your castings but it
looks like you are working too hard. The hand polishing stuff is
getting in the way of a decent polish.

Try this:

  1. Remove investment, trim and grind sprues.

  2. Run in steel shot, 30 to 45 minutes, no more. This hardens the
    surface so that the abrasives will only cut the high parts.

  3. If, and only if, your castings have very detailed surfaces and
    you want the deep parts shiny, run again in pin finisher.

  4. If your castings are somewhat rough, run in medium abrasive media
    in a vibratory tumbler, flow-thru process for 6 hours.

  5. Run in fine abrasive media, flow-thru vibratory tumbler for 4
    hours.

  6. Run in steel shot, rotary tumbler 30 minutes.

  7. For high polish, run in dry media, vibratory tumbler, charged
    with Simichrome or Chrome oxide, for 24 to 36 hours.

Bottom line - Do not, ever, hand polish something that has been
tumble polished. You are digging in through surfaces prepared for
long lasting effects. The liquids that you use in the wet processes
take off the surface scale.

Your time to run this sequence will depend on the size of your
pieces - if large, you can easily screen the media from the work
pieces. If they are small, string them in some way to make separation
easier.

Now you can breathe and let the machines do their thing. No overtime
required.

Judy Hoch


#3
Final polish soft white buff (zam compound) 

Why don’t you follow the zam with blue platinum compound? A light
pass is all you need, heavy pressure is self defeating.