Popular Methods of Metal Polishing

June 6, 2018
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June 6, 2018 Bend Plating

Popular Methods of Metal Polishing

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As veterans in the metal finishing business, we field lots of questions about metal polishing in Oregon. Polishing is a metal finishing process that smooths the surface of a workpiece. Metal polishing can be done for a variety of different metals. Likewise, there are many methods available for metal polishing in Oregon. Each one has unique benefits. So, which is right for your project?

How Do Metal Polishing and Buffing Differ?

Many people assume that polishing and buffing are the same. However, there are some fundamental differences between the two. For one, polishing is more aggressive than buffing. Polishing often uses a more powerful abrasive for a more noticeable result than buffing. While buffing creates a shiny surface, polishing has a wider variety of effects—and, therefore, many more applications.

Why Metal Polishing?

Metal polishing has retained its staying power for centuries thanks to its many benefits:

  • Mirror-bright finish
  • Improved electrical conductivity
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Increased durability
  • Enhanced brightness, color, and reflectivity
  • Greater electrical and chemical resistance

The results you need and the kind of metal you want polished help us select the right process for finishing your metals.

Robotic Polishing

This is a state-of-the-art method only offered in about 10% of metal finishing businesses in the nation at the time of writing. Robotic polishing uses automated machines to dramatically reduce time spent polishing parts by hand by operating around the clock, resulting in quicker results for larger orders. In addition to its efficiency, many also choose robotic polishing for projects that need extreme consistency. This is especially true for custom finishes or scratch patterns that can only be accomplished via machine. Robots used for metal polishing are programmed to apply the perfect amount of pressure and precise movements for high-quality results.

Automated Flatstock Polishing

This method is ideal for flat metal surfaces that need polishing. Automated flatstock polishing uses a special machine to create mirror-like finishes across metals. These machines polish stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass alloy, and more. Similarly to polishing robots, automated polishing setups help save time and get uniform orders back to customers efficiently.

Manual Polishing

Manual polishing, also known as hand polishing, is perfect for products requiring detailed, personalized craftsmanship. This method has several advantages over automated services for certain projects. While robotic programming is highly intelligent, sometimes it can’t get into every nook of a part. In these instances, hand polishing is the best choice. Likewise, this method gives metal a human touch that a robot can’t copy. Manual polishing is ideal for small runs, prototypes, and complex geometric designs.

Metal Polishing in Oregon | Bend Plating

Bend Plating is proud to provide industry-leading metal polishing in Oregon. We also offer buffing, plating, and other finishing services to meet your needs. Bend Plating handles high-volume orders at a price you can afford. Our team is here to answer all of your metal polishing questions. To start your next project, please contact Bend Plating today.

Bend Plating

Bend Plating provides metal coating, plating, finishing, and polishing services for the automotive, marine, medical, dental, outdoor, sporting, aviation, music industries and more. Contact us for an estimate on your commercial project.

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