1.5 ” (38MM) RAG BULLET MOP

POLISHING PRODUCTS

EXPLORE OUR RANGE OF POLISHING PRODUCTS SUCH AS BUFFING MOPS IN DIFFERENT SIZES AND VARIATIES.  POLISHING COMPOUNDS FOR CUTTING, POLISHING AND FINISHING TO ACHIEVE YOUR DESIRED FINISH.

ALSO YOU WILL FIND A RANGE OF RENEGADE PRODUCTS FROM USA SUCH AS AIRWAY BUFF WHEELS, REBEL RANGE PRODUCTS ETC.


Cutting Compound

All the Colours of Cutting Compound

You’ll appreciate our range of cutting and polishing products because it allows you to finish metal, plastic and concrete products neatly. Our extensive range features the three major types of mops and all the colours of polishing and cutting compounds used in the industry. But with all these options, some knowledge is necessary and thus explained below.


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The Difference Between Cutting and Polishing Explained

Abrasiveness. The difference between cutting and polishing lies in the abrasiveness of the materials used, which then determines its general application. Obviously, a highly abrasive material cannot be used for polishing; and a buffing compound will take ages to smooth a scratched surface. Let’s quickly look at the fundamental differences:

  • Cutting. When using a cutting compound (also called a rubbing compound), the objective is to remove the tiny scratches visible on the surface. The outcome is achieved by uniformly removing a very thin amount of the surface – about 0.01 mm is enough. It must be noted that cutting often results in a slightly dull finish, as the abrasive particles create a “rough” surface of fine “invisible” scratches.
  • Polishing. The fine scratches of the cutting process are removed through polishing. The abrasiveness of the polishing compound is much less, but similarly, it removes a very thin layer of the surface, producing a refined finish and a deep gloss.

  • It is always recommended that cutting be reserved for when scratches are clearly visible, especially when restoring the paintwork of a car.

     

    The Components of Quality Cutting and Polishing

    There are many aphorisms about tools, but the only way to achieve a beautiful finish is by using the right quality materials when it comes to cutting and polishing. Low-grade buff wheels and compounds often contain impurities that suddenly gouge the surface, undoing all the careful work. Our consumables are of the highest quality available in the industry and for every type of job:

    • Stitched cotton mops. These all-purpose mops are made from pure cotton in 13 mm thick sections. Cotton mops are ideal for the finishing polish. The green compound results in a bright finish, with the pink compound giving a mirror-like shine to masonry and metals.
    • Treated sisal mops. These mops are made from natural sisal and then stitched together into a wheel. A sisal polishing mop is more abrasive than a cotton mop and thus ideal for preparation and scratch removal. Combined with the recommended black compound, sisal mops are used on stainless steel, steel, iron, hard brass, and titanium.
    • “Coolair” mops. These mops are usable on metal, plastic, lacquer, and wood, especially in large areas or items where heat is a problem. They are available in various levels of abrasiveness, which is indicated by the colour of the mop. Usable in automatic polishing machines, bench grinders and angle grinders, with the necessary tapered spindle adaptor.
    • Cutting and polishing compounds. Compounds for cutting and polishing are bars made from abrasive powder mixed with waxes and fats. Dry and oily are two ways to describe the various formulations, with the choice being more of personal preference than actually task-specific.

     

    A Quick Guide To Effective Cutting and Polishing

    Achieving the right finish on metal, plastic, or wood takes careful planning, doubly so if you are restoring the faded paintwork of a car. Luckily, it’s not difficult if you have the right knowledge and are willing to test the procedure first and learn the necessary aptitude for effective cutting and polishing.

    • Use the right mop and compound for the material and the desired effect. Certain mops cannot be used on some material, and similarly are some compounds too abrasive. Material such as plastic, wood and soft metals often pose a problem regarding the heat generated from friction, making Coolair mops the best solution.
    • Remember that polishing is done in stages. It is unreasonable to expect the combination of a sisal mop and black compound to achieve a mirror polish on metal. Always start with the least abrasive combination necessary based on the condition of the surface material, then work from there using by progressively using finer and less abrasive compounds and buffing mops.
    • Experiment with a few brands of cutting and polishing compounds and decide which works best for you. Most times, the greasiness of the compound is a matter of personal preference, but remember, very important, never mix your compounds.

     

    About Austech Supplies

    We have over 30 years of experience in the industrial consumables business, so we know what works. We only stock products made to the strictest standards by reputable manufacturers, which is essential for your safety in the workshop. Email us if you have any questions or require a specific buffing wheel for a bench grinder.

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