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Have often thought about buying a polisher for finishing instruments like guitars and fiddles. I use powder abrasives but it's a lot of work to raise a good finish. Never thought about using one for s.s. sailboat parts. I've never used one. How do they work for getting into corners of odd shaped pieces?
Basically, they don't. For tight corners and the like you have to get smaller buffs - cone shaped and so forth. That is actually the hardest part of buffing any hardware. Pieces like stanchion tubes, chainplates etc. are easy.
I don't know how it would work on a musical instrument though - my experience is they are pretty heavy duty - I've never even tried to use it on varnish. Perhaps a loose single sewn buff could be used with rouge or something finer. The lightest material I've ever done is plexiglass - the edges of cut pieces, and you have to be VERY careful not to melt them.
FWIW, my polisher and my pressure washer are by far my most frequently used power tools. My wife loves her copper pots after I'm done with them.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
Last edited by SloopJonB; 02-08-2012 at 01:39 PM.