Vibratory aluminum polishing help please

I use vibratory polishers for all sorts of jobs. But I have been
stumped trying to deburr and then polish aluminum parts. I can get all
sorts of matt finishes and smooth finishes but a high polish has so
far eluded me. I have asked for and recieved advice from the folks who
sell abrasive finishing compounds. The stuff they said would work
doesn't. I polish brass parts with corn cob media and brass polish, or
I use the pre-treated stuff. Both work equally well on brass. Poor
performance on aluminum though. Is there anybody here who is actually
doing this and getting highly polished parts? If so, what exactly are
you using?
Thanks,
Eric R Snow
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Eric R Snow
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Her in the UK I used to use a product called solvol autosol, sold in motor factors, used to polish up ally castings on my motorbike engine to mirror shine. Chris
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I can't answer your question directly, but only repeat what the owner of a large plating shop told me a few years ago.
That is, some metals won't acheive a high polish no matter what you do. I suspect it's due to molecular structure.
For aluminum, I would guess it depends a lot on what alloy you are using. If castings, it might be mircoscopic porosity.
Good luck, Ace
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Ace
Aluminum polishes very well using a buff. In fact, I've polished all sorts of aluminum alloys, cast, wrought, and rolled. And a high shine has always been achieved. It's this vibratory thing that's the problem. ERS
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Eric R Snow
When pad-polishing by hand on the lathe, I gotten excellent results with 3M Perfect-It Foam Polishing Pad Glaze 051131-05996, from the auto parts or boat store. This is a fine aluminum oxide abrasive in a water-oil-glycerin slurry, but it also contains some acrylic emulsion as the glaze. The glaze improves the look of the surface on the aluminum. Don't know how this would perform in a vibratory finisher. I have gotten better results in a rotary tumbler than in a vibratory type, with aluminum.
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Richard J Kinch
How about Mothers Polish. I think it might be - don't know - diatomaceous earth. e.g. A chunk of DOVER cliff.
Martin
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Eric R Snow wrote:
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Steel sphere media and a slightly acidic solution. That's the ticket to very polished aluminum part in a vibratory machine. That said your machine must be able to run the steel because of the weight. Ask you media supply house for samples. LOOK at
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depending on the part size and finish desired I have found the satellite balls to get into all my corners and not stick in my parts.
Pedroman
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Pedroman
Call me , There are a lot of variables, we do it every day.mark
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skoobyz
Hey Pedroman, thanks! That's just the kind of real world info I'm looking for. Cheers, Eric R Snow
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Eric R Snow
Thanks to you too Mark. Expect a call today. Eric r Snow
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