Thanks @astyy. I did investigate compounds. I even wasted a few hours of my life trying to use red compound to bring out a lustrous shine only to later Google what I was doing wrong and learn that red compound is basically jewellers polish and has a grit rating of zero. No wonder it wasn't doing anything!Yeah great results, I'm enjoying your log. I'm interested that you could sand to that high standard rather than using buffing compounds and mops similar to this
You can't find a bench polisher in Canada. I'd have to order one in from the USA. I would love to try one though. Especially on metal rails to give them a mirror shine. I use a power drill. It's able to rotate at a higher velocity than a cordless drill, at least my does. The sanding discs velcro onto the attachment that is installed in the drill. You can attach it directly or attach a sponge and then the disc. On flat metal I have found that attaching it directly is better. For rounded stuff, like this lockbar I did both. I started with the sanding disc on the yellow attachment, then put it onto the sponge and did the rounded edges. It really did come out nice.That lockdown bar looks fantastic Tim. Do you just attach the sanding discs to your cordless drill, or are you using a bench polisher?
I used 2000 dry. I'm suppose to be able to use them wet too, but the reviews on Amazon said the paper just falls apart. I've squirted a little of the Flitz polish in there though.looks awesome mate, then some 2000 wet and dry with some water and will even be shiner....
Thanks @Toxteth O'Grady I was hoping this shop log/blog would sort of give me a bit more incentive to work on some of the things that I procrastinate on. I think we all have those days when we get home from work, are tired, have to cook dinner, deal with the kids, and by the time you have some "me time" you just want to lie on the couch. I find the blog is providing that extra push for me, and even pushing me to try things that I haven't before (like swapping inserts).