Turn shiny to brushed

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  1. p7willm

    p7willm Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 11, 2014
    Lansdale, PA, USA
    I have a nice shiny stainless steel mod that I want to be a nice brushed stainless steel mod. I tried scotch brite and it did little. My next attempt was a dremel tool with a wire brush that did little. Next the dremel with a small grinding stone. That took the smooth off but it is still shiny and you can see the marks from the stone.

    There is a sand blasting place in town and I could try that. I am sure someone has gone from shiny to brushed here and will tell me what they used.

    By the way it's an innokin cool fire 1 and an SVD.
  2. vapero

    vapero Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 13, 2013
    5 scotch Brite should work over done it a few times...
    Use an old carto to mount your mood to a drill and while spinning hold it with the pad

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  3. cjxxvi

    cjxxvi Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    used scotch brite too. manual twisting.

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  4. Skunkworkx

    Skunkworkx Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 28, 2014
    Harford County, Maryland
    Maybe some 1500 or 2000 or 3000 grit sandpaper ?
  5. shiddyshad

    shiddyshad Full Member

    Oct 30, 2013
    Maumee, OH
    Wire wheel if you have a bench grinder. And then if you want to go back to shiny use the cloth wheel with rouge.
  6. LukeNukem

    LukeNukem Full Member

    Aug 3, 2014
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Late to this party but figured I'd add my 2 cents anyway.

    I'm a CNC machinist and have access to/experience with many different methods of metal finishing. Fine grit sand paper, polishing/buffing wheel, wire wheel, scotch brite and bead blasting just to name a few that I'm familiar with.
    My personal choice for a brushed finish would be scotch brite. Probably the brown or darker gray. I should know the numbers but I don't lol. I would try simply manually spinning by hand until you achieve your desired finish.
    The brown will leave a nice coarse brushed finish, IMO more aesthetically pleasing than a wire wheel but that could just be the wheels we use. Plus, unlike sand paper it will remove very little material so touching it up won't be an issue.

    Hope this helped someone!

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  7. EvlSmrk

    EvlSmrk Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2014
    Southern MD
    Very cool. Also like the scotch brite technique. It's time consuming but you have more control over the finish.
  8. Knifemaker

    Knifemaker Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 17, 2010
    Central Texas
    My business is high finishes on high dollar steel! The problem with using scotch brite isn't the scotch bright per say, as most folks don't have a clue there are different grades.

    Forget the grocery store variety. For small amounts, go to a good auto parts store,and ask for a light and a dark brown scotch bright pad. About a buck a piece. They are much stiffer,and are impregnated with different grits. (Many of the grocery store types have NO grit, and others have very little. And are made for scrubbing pans. Not for finishing metal. The ones I list are! The black variety is far too coarse, and the white is for polishing only.

    One of the uses in the auto industry is making buffs for polishing cylinder head ports. I buy mine in 20 ft roles.

    I do know that O'reilly's carries several different grits. Scotch bright is made by Scotch co. There are others, such as 3M, so ask for abrasive pads if they don't have the scotch brand.

  9. vap0riz3

    vap0riz3 Full Member Verified Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    San Diego
    scotch bright pad on a bench grinder ...!
  10. eyerhere

    eyerhere Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 7, 2013
    Port Huron mi
    Will that bench grinder be running sub ohm?
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