Originally Posted by Bill DeShivs
I am a cutler, plater, engraver, former gunsmith. I know how to polish metal. Unless the surface finish is very fine already, using Simichrome will not properly polish the metal. You can make it shinier, but it will not be properly mirror polished.
I would imagine it depends on the condition of the metal you're starting with. If its really bad and scratched up s buffing wheel with corse to medium rouge. Then finish with a very fine or jewelers rouge for a mirror finish.
On my SS Ruger the simichrome did a excellent job with that only.
I used to do quite a bit of hard chrome plating and used buffing wheels on some of the parts to make them shine like nickel chrome