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Old January 15, 2002, 01:19 AM   #1
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Metal polishing?

After I bent my bolt by heating it and hammering it was left with lots of cuts and gashes. Also The bolt body was darkened. I used my dremmel starting with the different stones and worked
down to a polishing compound. BUT I was not able to remove all of the tool marks(left by the stones. Scratches were left. Also when I attempted to remove the darkness on the bolt body I also left tool marks on the bolt body.

How the hell do I get these little scratches off. What kinds of tools should I have. If the dremmel what heads should I use and in what order. I started with the lower grit stones and then worked up into the rubber impregnated
ones. Then I used the polishing set. It shines but the marks still remain.Also, what is the best tool to polish the bolt head in a uniform manner?

also, should I checker the bolt after polishing it or before?
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Old January 15, 2002, 08:22 AM   #2
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You'll need to use the felt wheels and bobs with various grits of polish to get rid of these. It will take some time. Polish before checkering. George
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Old January 16, 2002, 12:13 AM   #3
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Cratex Rods are good for polishing bolts and such...

I got a bunch from a dental technician buddy of mine- those crowns and bridges are made from a similar steel to chrome moly...

These can sometimes be found on Ebay...
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Old January 16, 2002, 11:11 AM   #4
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I'm hesistant to use dremel tools since the smaller diameter wheels really don't give as consistent of a finish as a larger buffing wheel does. For light scratch marks, you can use a very fine file and finish up with emery paper (or small belt sander). I've also hand polished thing using emery paper. It takes a lot of time, but when you're sitting around a motel room bored out of your wits, it helps to pass the time.
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Old January 16, 2002, 12:46 PM   #5
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Now If I do get a wheel how do I use it on the handle. I mean working on the bolt is a very tight space.
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