Buffing Process on Fanmas Group Workshop - This process makes the surface smooth producing a high luster and mirror finish if desired. This is done with the use of buffing wheels and buffing compounds. Buffing can be divided into two steps: Cut Buffing and Color Buffing.

CUT BUFFING

This is the preliminary step to “coloring” using a course buffing compound. This buffing operation removes scratches and makes the surface smoother. Black emery polishing compound with a spiral sewn buffing wheel is recommended for cutting down copper, brass, aluminum, steel, stainless steel, nickel, and iron. Brown tripoli buffing compound is not as course as black emery polishing compound but will cut and color copper, brass, and aluminum in one operation. Cutting down may produce a bright, satisfactory result and coloring may not be necessary.

COLOR BUFFING

This buffing operation brings out the maximum shine and produces a mirror like finish. Coloring can take place after “cutting down” or right-away if surface is smooth enough. Loose cotton buffing wheels are usually the best choice for coloring but spiral sewn buffing wheels can be used as well. Brown tripoli buffing compound is a double duty buffing compound and can be used for both coloring and cutting down. White rouge polishing compound can be used to color chromium, stainless steel, brass, and aluminum. The finest buffing compound is jewelers rouge or rouge polishing compound and can be used to produce a mirror like finish on gold, silver, sterling, platinum, and brass.