Polishcraft’s metal polishing

Polishcraft initially began as a polish only service in 1983 giving us plenty of time to perfect our technique over the years.

For those that are unaware of what metal polishing entails; it is simply the name given to plated and solid items that have been cleaned and stored to achieve a shiny and smooth surface.

The metals that can have polishing include:

– Aluminium
– Chrome
– Copper
– Gold
– Nickel
– Silver

Polishing can be done through a variety of tools which include buffers & polishers, acids, solvents and more.

Types of metal polish

– Aluminium and stainless steel will oxidise on the surface acting as a protector from corrosion – we proceed to remove the oxidisation and smooth it down to achieve a shiny finish much like chrome.

– Metal polishing for chrome is slightly different as it isn’t polished but cleaned. Because chrome doesn’t oxidise as much as other metals, it is unnecessary to polish.

– If metals are pitted or scratched, it is best to smooth the metal prior polishing. To smooth a metal, use wet dry paper or wet sand.

– The metal polishing will finish with buffing which is done by a rotating wheel that will hold a buffing compound that could potentially contain a mixture of wax and/or fine abrasives.

Our metal polishing in Birmingham offers a joint service of polishing and hard chrome plating as well as just polishing.

Please visit the website for further information about our metal polishing service and hard chrome plating service.

Metal finishing

Metal finishing is often used when treating the exterior of a metal product by applying a thin complementary layer to its surface.
There are many metal finishing processes available, that each can be used for a variety of purposes.

Metal plating

Metal plating machines use a chemical bath to apply a coat to, or alter the surface of a substrate with a thin layer of metal, which could be nickel or PTFE.
A metal plating finish provides a number of advantages: it can improve a product’s durability, resistance to corrosion, surface friction, and exterior appearance.
Although it offers many advantages, it isn’t suited for smoothing out surface defects.

Brushed metal

A brushed metal finish, unlike plating, is an effective way of smoothing out a surface and removing its imperfections.
These types of finishing machines manifest a uniform, parallel grain surface texture to a product.

Buff polishing

If you wish your product to have a smooth, non-textured finish, then a buff polishing machine might be the thing you require.
As expecting with buff polishing, a cloth wheel is used to buff the surface, which then produces a glossy shine.

Advantages of applying a finishing treatment to metal, include:
– Increased durability
– Attractive
– Enhanced electrical conductivity
– Higher electrical resistance
– Higher chemical resistance
– Higher tarnish resistance

Polishcraft, the surface finishing specialists in Birmingham