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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Looks great, especially for a first effort.

It takes a few different pieces to start to get a feel for what will work best.

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Thanks, I'm not looking for shine as much as corrosion resistance, these pieces are going to stand out a bit on an older Boat but if I don't polish them it will be ugly. Its nice to master a new skill, I'll get there.
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I'm making repairs on my 1969 Chrysler Lonestar 16. I needed to tighten and repair the jib sheet cam cleats but they were installed on the deck before it was attached to the hull. I needed to remove the side cushions and make an access hole to be able to reach the nuts on the underside of the screws.

The side cushions are thin pieces of plywood covered with foam and vinyl upholstery. I will replace them.
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Pick up a small bench buffer at HF for $40 along with a stick of green compound. Wet sand the plates through the grits up to about 1000 grit or thereabouts then polish them with the green stick and the buffer - they'll look like chrome.

Then you have the buffer to keep your metal bits looking good for years to come.

Some samples before & after.
What do you use to corral those small and irregular parts as you minister to them to keep them from sliding all over the place?
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Hang on tight! Wear gloves because it is a filthy process and the piece can get very hot as well.

Make sure you are only using the "down" part of the buff - it should always be moving away from you where it contacts the workpiece.

Very small parts like bolt heads can occasionally fly across the room but holding them with vice grips minimizes it.
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I use a pair of welder's gloves when high speed polishing metal parts, which not only protects your hands from the heated surface, but the gloves also protect you from injury when some parts go flying in the wrong direction.

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I use a pair of welder's gloves when high speed polishing metal parts, which not only protects your hands from the heated surface, but the gloves also protect you from injury when some parts go flying in the wrong direction.

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Like those high gauntlet style? To the elbows?
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Can't hurt but I just use split cowhide work gloves. If you are doing small pieces you'll find the fingertips get worn through so it's better to not use expensive ones.

The stiffer the gloves are the more parts go flying as well - finger dexterity is important.

One other thing - it's best to do it outside. As I mentioned, it is a filthy process and the flying grime is waxy so it sticks wherever it lands.

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Can't hurt but I just use split cowhide work gloves. If you are doing small pieces you'll find the fingertips get worn through so it's better to not use expensive ones.

The stiffer the gloves are the more parts go flying as well - finger dexterity is important.

One other thing - it's best to do it outside. As I mentioned, it is a filthy process and the flying grime is waxy so it sticks wherever it lands.
That sound reasonable. I've got an old side grinder somewhere about but its industrial and might be too difficult to handle on small parts. I'll get some of those abrasive sticks and give that stuff a try. My old boat could use some "brightening up". Thanks.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I routed a recess in a piece of hardwood to hold my parts while using scotch brite pads, they can still fly out at times but it works pretty good. For the buffer, gloves.
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