Metal Surface Finishing Services: Grinding, Polishing, and Buffing

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Before and after Metal Finishing Service

Offering Just-In-Time, contract, and on-site services, H & H Polishing has over 50 years of experience in all aspects of metal finishing. Our processes include mechanical, wheel machines, table sanders, belt sanders, lathes, and swing machines, as well as manual metal polishing, to remove grinding lines, scratches, pits, mold marks, parting lines, tool marks, and surface defects. We work on metals such as aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, magnesium, powder metal, silver, stainless steel, steel, titanium, and other alloys and non-metals including acrylic and plastics.

 


Mechanical Finish Designations

  • #3 Finish
    Also called Grinding, Roughing or Rough Grinding These finishes are coarse in nature and usually are a preliminary finish applied before manufacturing.An example would be deburring or removing excess weld material. It is coarse in appearance and applied by using 36-100 grit abrasive. When the finish is specified as #3, the material is polished to a uniform 60 - 80 grit.
  • #4 Architectural Finish
    Also called Brushed, Directional or Satin Finish A #4 Architectural Finish is characterized by fine polishing grit lines that are uniform and directional in appearance. It is produced by polishing the metal with a 120 - 180 grit belt or wheel finish and then softened with an 80 - 120 grit greaseless compound or a medium non woven abrasive belt or pad.
  • #4 Dairy or Sanitary Finish
    This finish is commonly used for the medical and food industry – almost exclusively used on stainless steel. This finish is much finer than a #4 Architectural Finish. Great care should be taken in removing the surface defects in the metal – like pits – that could allow bacteria to grow. A #4 Dairy or Sanitary Finish is produced by polishing with a 180 - 240 grit belt or wheel finish softened with 120 - 240 grit greaseless compound or a fine non woven abrasive belt or pad.
  • #6 Finish or Fine Satin Finish
    This finish is produced by polishing with a 220 - 280 grit belt or wheel softened with a 220 - 230 greaseless compound or very fine non woven abrasive belt or pad. Polishing lines should be soft and less reflective than a #4 Architectural Finish.
  • #7 Finish
    A #7 finish is produced by polishing with a 280 - 320 belt or wheel and sisal buffing with a cut and color compound. This is a semi-bright finish that will still have some polishing lines but they should be very dull. Carbon steel and iron are commonly polished to a #7 finish before chrome plating. A #7 finish can be made bright by color buffing with coloring compound and a cotton buff.
  • #8 Finish or Mirror Finish
    This finish is produced by polishing with at least a 320 grit belt or wheel finish. The part is sisal buffed and then color buffed to achieve a mirror finish. The quality of this finish is dependent on the quality of the metal being polished. Some alloys of steel and aluminum cannot be brought to a mirror finish. Castings that have slag or pits will also be difficult – if not impossible – to polish to a #8.

The following table outlines our complete grinding, polishing, and buffing service. Please contact us to learn more.

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Metal Surface Finishes Capabilities

General Capabilities Contract
On-Site
Processes
Mechanical
Wheel Machine
Table Sander
Belt Sander
Lathes
Swing Machines
Metal Polishing Operation Manual
Removal Of
Grinding Lines
Scratches
Pits
Mold Marks
Parting Lines
Tool Marks
Surface Defects
Finishes
Grinding
Line Grinding
Brush Finishing
Buffing
Color Buffing
I.D. and I.D. Finishing
Mirror Finish
Angel Hair Finish
Scotchbrite Finish
Sanitary
Metal Finish Designations

#3, #4 A, #4 B, #6, #7, #8

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RA Surface Finishes 2 to 100
Substrate-Metal
Aluminum
Brass
Bronze
Copper
Magnesium
Powder Metal
Silver
Stainless Steel
Steel
Titanium
Other Alloys
Substrate-Non Metals Acrylic
Plastics
Polished Parts
Angles
Channels
Bars
Rods
Sheet Metal
Metal Parts
Pipes (ID and OD)
Castings
Forgings
Miniature
Molds
Plates
Stampings
Tubes
Equipment
Vessels
Collectibles
Tooling
Flat Bar
Part Length Up to 40 ft
Pipe Length Up to 20 ft
Weight Up to 5,000 lbs
Additional Services
Just in Time Delivery
Warehousing
Electroplating
Powder Coating
Production Volume Low to High Volume
Typical Lead Times 3 to 5 days
Same Day Delivery Possible Under Certain Circumstances

Additional Information

Industry Focus
Trucking
Automotive
Architectural
Pharmaceutical
Medical
Food Processing
Pipe & Tube
Metal Fabrication
Industrial Tooling
Aircraft & Marine
Hardware & Collectibles
Intended Application
Hand Tools
Assembly
Machinery
Deburring
Weld Dressing
Hand Rail
Awards
Plaques
Vessels
Medical
Recreational Products
Signage
Threads
Industry Standards ISO 9001:2000
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
BBB Charlotte Chamber
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