Polishing wheels?

Ken M

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How do you polish the wheels, or does the ultrasonic do it all?
 

Wayne A

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Ultrasonic will clean um up fairly well and I don't polish them unless they are extra grungy. Always polish the main spring barrel though using wool wheel on dremel with little simichrome.
 

Ken M

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I use a thin piece of leather with some polishing compound (autosol etc). One end is anchored in a vice etc and polish between the teeth and the crossings etc.
 
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If it’s a show piece, where things can be seen and everything else is polished I have done it by hand and in a lathe . I have used semi chrome and blue magic with great results . Unless you are going to carefully lacquer or use metal bright the glow is fleeting. Some use Renaissance wax though I have not tried that. Teeth need to be kept clean of the lacquer or metal bright, can’t speak on the wax. That said sometimes I wounded if I am the only one who looks at the wheels.
 

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If it’s a show piece, where things can be seen and everything else is polished I have done it by hand and in a lathe . I have used semi chrome and blue magic with great results . Unless you are going to carefully lacquer or use metal bright the glow is fleeting. Some use Renaissance wax though I have not tried that. Teeth need to be kept clean of the lacquer or metal bright, can’t speak on the wax. That said sometimes I wounded if I am the only one who looks at the wheels.
its the first place I look as its easy to see how much care the restorer has used.
 
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Mike Phelan

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How do you polish the wheels, or does the ultrasonic do it all?
I've never used an ultrasonic, just three clock brushes.
(a) Stiff brush 1 with liquid Brasso including teeth.
(b) Wash brasso off with IPA or petrol - brush 2.
(c) Brush with chalk - available from most suppliers - brush 3.

Blow chalk dust off - this will keep its polish for years.
 
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Ingulphus

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I use a cleaning solution in my ultrasonic called Polychem Deox-007, which brightens tarnished brass beautifully. I bought it from Timesavers years ago, and still have a little over half a gallon (the ratio is one part cleaner to four parts water). And it's biodegradable. Rinse in hot water and dry with a heat gun or blow dryer, and you'll have much less of an effort to polish.
 

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