How to Polish Metal With a Dremel

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How to Polish Metal With a Dremel
Use a Dremel for polishing metal jewellery, sculptures or other items, and get the work done fast. (rotary tool image by CraterValley Photo from Fotolia.com)

Artists and crafters use Dremels for a making a variety of items. A Dremel tool is a small hand-held rotary tool. A person attaches accessories, and the high speed circular motion of the Dremel cuts, sands and polishes materials, such as wood, plastic and metals. Some jewellers use the Dremel for polishing various metals or stones on jewellery that require delicate, intricate polishing. With the correct pads and brushes, a Dremel saves a lot of time. Polishing by hand is complicated, and polishing tight areas is a problem for jewellers and crafters.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Dremel
  • Wire brush attachment
  • Cloth felt pad attachment
  • Polishing compound
  • Cotton

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Loosen the nut on top of the Dremel with the provided wrench, while pushing in the button on the side. Slide the wire polishing brush attachment into the open slot. This attachment removes rust or rough coatings on metal. Tighten the nut with the wrench, while holding the side button in.

  2. 2

    Turn on the Dremel, and apply light pressure in circular motion as you go over rusted or rough areas. Stop once the area feels smooth.

  3. 3

    Loosen the nut on top of the Dremel with the wrench while pushing the button on the side in. Slide out the wire polishing brush, and slide in the cloth pad attachment. The attachment is used for creating a high polish on the metal. Tighten the nut with wrench while holding the side button in.

  4. 4

    Coat the pad with polishing compound. Turn on the Dremel, and apply light pressure in a circular motion, and go over the previously polished area. Stop once the area is smooth and very shinny. Apply more polishing compound if the pad gets dry, and repeat if necessary.

  5. 5

    Rub the cotton rag in a circular motion on the metal surface. This cleans off the polishing compound. Turn the rag to a clean area, and continue polishing. Repeat this process until you've removed all of the polishing compound residue, and the desired polished effect on the metal surface is achieved.

Tips and warnings

  • When polishing, always work in a circular motion instead of a back-and-forth motion. Polishing in a back-and-forth motion leaves heavy, unsightly scratch marks on the metal surface. Working in a continuous circular motion keeps scratch marks from showing up on polished metal surfaces.
  • Make sure you tighten the screw holding the attachments in really well. If you don't, the attachments pop out when the tool starts spinning.

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