Uses of Buffing Compounds

July 27, 2021

 Uses of Buffing Compounds

Buffing compounds are used to buff and polish wheels to extend their effectiveness and help you accomplish your tasks more quickly. They are available altogether in differing types and colours, each uniquely suited to an unusual aspect of the buffing, cutting, and polishing process.

Some are rougher and can quickly remove scratches from various metal surfaces, while some are gentler and designed to supply a gorgeous and shining finish to your work. 

Here is the list of buffing compounds to help you tell the difference and choose the one that's right for you.

MOST COMMON BUFFING COMPOUNDS & THEIR USES

Metal polishing compounds like yellow, blue, and aluminum are specific for their respective applications, while other compounds are flexible and versatile. For example, on stainless steel surfaces, you can use a green or white buffing compound.

Below, We have summarized every buffing compound in detail with their applications.

1. BLACK EMERY COMPOUND

The Black Emery Compound is filled with emery minerals to give high-level cutting. It is an ideal buffing compound for removing scratches, small pits, plating, paint, antiquing, lacquer, and more from metallic surfaces. It will save you hours of work and effort. 

Black emery compound is perfect for heavy jobs as it removes rough surfaces and deep scratches and brings decent shine to the metal surface.

2. GREY STAR BUFFING COMPOUND

Greystar Compound is suitable for general buffing applications. It has a fantastic cut for metals to bring good color quality. Greystar compound has fine abrasives structure with medium grade consistency. It is suitable for quick and accurate fire scale removal. Best to use for stainless steel with a more rigorous buffing wheel.

3. BROWN TRIPOLI

The brown Tripoli buffing compound is exceptionally versatile and is widely used on softer metals such as brass, copper, and aluminum to polish surfaces. It can also be applied to wood surfaces, giving rise to a glossy finish.

4. WHITE ROUGE

White polishing compounds, used mainly on hard metals and stainless steel, have a more refined composition that makes them suitable for the polishing process’s cutting and intermediate stages.

5. GREEN ROUGE

The green metal polishing compound is perfect for finishing stainless steel surfaces. It is sometimes referred to as the compound of stainless steel. This Emerald Green Buffing Compound prevents scratches and gives a mirror-like finish.

6. BLUE ROUGE

The blue polishing compound restores the original smoothness and sparkle on non-ferrous metals, plastics, or synthetic materials.

7. PINK ROUGE 

This dual-purpose pink compound gives a finishing touch in the primary stage of soft metal polishing and the final stage of hard metal polishing. As it can also be used for wood, painted walls, and plastic. Pink rouge is one of the most flexible buffing compounds.

8. BLACK ROUGE

The black polishing compound is used in low quantities to add shine to aluminum, steel, copper, brass, and similar metals. If you need to remove deep scratches or smooth some rough surfaces, the black emery compound is recommended in particular.

9. ALUMINUM BUFFING COMPOUND

Aluminum buffing compounds provide a smooth surface on soft metals.

10. YELLOW ROUGE

These dry, low-residue polishing compounds provide a dazzling shine on hard metals such as gold and platinum, which is why the jewelry industry is popular with this particular compound.

11. GOLD POLISHING COMPOUND

Gold polishing compounds have various grades of abrasives. The gold compound gives polished metals a high luster, making them another excellent choice for jewelers and metalworkers.




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