(Sorry for the delayed reply)
Thank you, NeilTheJeweler, for your response. I shall try the blue
platinum rouge right away.
I am glad you mention that because the compounds seem to be another
one of my problems.
I am polishing a flat sterling silver disc.
I use a yellow treated buff with graystar first. I polish the back
and it gets nice and shiney. Then I polish the front and it gets nice
But, now the back has smudges from my fingers…which doesn’t all
seem to be coming off when I “swoosh” in the ultrasonic (just heated
solution for now, as I was afraid of the sonic until I heard back
from the orchid group).
There is often a slight shadowy remainder.it won’t rub off, or scrub
off with a toothbrush…so then, I head back to the polisher…it is a
I am really trying to think everything through, but I am
struggling…it seems like it should not be this difficult…my friend
said “you are making it too hard”…but all I am trying to do is
polish the disc…
So then I started to follow the yellow treated/ graystar with a
tight weave muslin buff, to take off excess compound real quick on
the front and back. This seemed to be helping, but I just feel like
as the ultrasonic used normally works for many other people, so I
must be doing something wrong…the same thing happens with the red
rouge, but not as much…
I have tried loading the buff with more compound, loading it less,
using my buff rakes, working on my hand motions, etc.trying to find
the right feel/ balance/results…
May I ask why you suggest to nix the steamer?
(I just got a good deal on a used Reimer’s from a friend…I do like
the way it leaves the piece all nice and spotless…(not including the
white spots of course!) and I know what you mean, because if the
graystar smudges or rouge do not come off all the way in the
ultrasonic solution, the steamer isn’t going to remove/clean it
either. It seems like I just like the steamer to dry the piece
nicely…(kind of expensive just for that…but I got it, so.)
And, when there is the faint shadowy smudge left on the piece, then
I get a different kind of white haze…a cloudy, uneven ring around
the perimeter of the back of the disc. (which is slightly concave as
it is a die struck disc…) But by then, I am not sure where that
white cloudy haze is coming from…the ultrasonic? Or the steamer? I
know for sure the splotchy white haze ones came from the ultrasonic
pulse and extended submersion in the heated solution…which seems to
have stopped since I stopped using the pulse.
I am struggling…