Buffing - International Association of Penturners
     International Association of Penturners
Pens for Service Members
 
Support The IAP

Go Back   International Association of Penturners > Community Forums > Finishing
  Forgot Password
Register FAQ Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Finishing It ain't a pen till it's FINISHED!


Logged on members can hide ads!

Welcome to penturners.org!

You've found the home of The International Association of Penturners. You are currently viewing our site as a guest, which gives you limited access to view discussions, photos, and library articles.

Consider joining our community today. You'll have full access to all of our content, be able to enter our contests, find local chapters near you, and post your questions and share your experience with our members all over the world.

Membership is completely free!!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-11-2017, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Texas
Posts: 64
Photos: 3

Default Buffing

How can you tell if there is enough, or to much, buffing compound on the wheel? Esp. the white diamond. Secondly, how many of you use the white diamond as your absolute last finishing step? I've been practicing buffing acrylic but I always seem to still have very fine scratches after the white diamond. I guess I could sand or MM more before buffing, but since the scratches seem to be finer than the white diamond I'm not sure that would help. I'm hoping I just need to improve my buffing technique then I can stop after buffing?
ghansen4 is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 10-11-2017, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
terry q's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: 301 E. Court St. Roanoke, Illinois, USA.
Posts: 702
Photos: 0

Default

My practice is a little goes a long way.
terry q is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 10-11-2017, 10:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 292
Photos: 4

Default Buffing

I don't do a lot of acrylics but we last step with white diamond on about everything.

It may not be your case, but it is important to wipe your blanks between grits of MM and sandpaper. And also it helps to wash the MM periodically. It is easy to have abrasive contamination.

This includes a very good wipe down before buffing. Reserve your buffing wheels only for buffing and not for final lathe tool honing.

For us the skew is our friend. Skew well sand little.

Last edited by Talltim; 10-11-2017 at 10:46 AM.
Talltim is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Advertisement
Old 10-11-2017, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
Charlie_W's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sterling, VA USA
Posts: 4,311
Photos: 3

Default

I use plastic polish after wet sanding and then on to buffing. I like the buffing wheel and blue rouge from Barry Gross. After that, I buff with a clean flannel wheel.
__________________
Charlie W.
Likes: (2)
Charlie_W is online now   Reply With Quote Top
Old 10-11-2017, 11:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Santa Claus, Indiana
Photos: 1

Default

If you see a build up of tripoli you used too much, the excess will be buffed away after 2-3 buffs. I start with Tripoli, second buff with Plastic-Glo ultrafine P-22 from Caswell, third buff with Plastic P-112 from Caswell.

I reapply compounds after every 6-10 items buffed
__________________
Often wrong, never in doubt.
Likes: (1)
Chasper is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 10-11-2017, 12:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
thewishman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA.
Posts: 7,596
Photos: 0

Default

My father-in-law was a jeweler for 50 years. He fixed my buffing mistakes - tap the compound to the wheel about the same amount of time it takes to say buff.

Here's a great resource:

Buffing-- kicked up a notch!
__________________
Chris

Non Impedite Raditioni Cogitationis.
(Unencumbered by the thought process.)
Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Likes: (1)
thewishman is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 10-11-2017, 04:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
TonyL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 4,880
Photos: 6

Default Buffing 4 stage (2 beyond White Diamond).

This was published in the library, but here is a copy.
__________________
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln

Peace,

Tony
Likes: (2)
TonyL is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 10-11-2017, 04:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: TX, NM or on the road
Posts: 1,287
Photos: 0

Default

The wishman and TonyL posted the 2 "bibles" of buffing for penmakers.
dogcatcher is online now   Reply With Quote Top
Related Content
Logged on members can hide ads
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:45 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0

Content Copyright © 2003-2016 by Penturners.org, LLC; All Rights Reserved
Terms Of Service   Acceptable Use Policy