Instructions for Steel Plate Polishing

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Instructions for Steel Plate Polishing
Steel can be polished to a bright finish. Stainless steel can be polished to a mirror finish. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Steel, an alloy consisting mostly of iron, is one of the most popular materials in the world. Carbon, an alloying material which acts as a hardener, is added during the manufacturing process of steel; the more carbon, the stronger the steel. The difference between steel and stainless steel, as far as the manufacturing process goes, is the amount of chromium added. Stainless steel, as the name suggests, is stainless and has a more mirrored finish. Both steel and stainless steel plates can be polished to varying degrees. The process to polish steel differs from stainless steel, because stainless steel is much harder.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mild detergent
  • Bucket of water
  • 2 clean rags
  • Steel polish
  • 2 microfiber cloths
  • Stainless steel polish
  • Buff wheel

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Instructions

    Steel Plate

  1. 1

    Pour a small amount of mild detergent into a bucket of warm water. Wipe the steel plate clean using a rag soaked in the bucket of water and mild detergent. Be sure the steel plate is free from excess dirt and grime.

  2. 2

    Wipe the steel plate with a wet clean rag. Allow the steel plate to dry.

  3. 3

    Apply steel polish to a microfiber cloth. Wipe the microfiber cloth and steel polish over the steel plate in small concentric circles. Allow steel polish to dry, and then wipe the steel plate with a clean microfiber cloth.

  4. 4

    Polish until desired finish is achieved.

    Stainless Steel Plate

  1. 1

    Pour a small amount of mild detergent into a bucket of warm water. Wipe the steel plate clean using a rag soaked in the bucket of water and mild detergent. Be sure the steel plate is free from excess dirt and grime.

  2. 2

    Wipe the steel plate with a wet clean rag. Allow the steel plate to dry.

  3. 3

    Apply stainless steel polish to a buff wheel. Press the buff wheel with polish on to the stainless steel plate. Apply the polish is small concentric circles as the buff wheel spins. Stainless steel is very hard and requires a more abrasive polish.A buff wheel speeds up the polishing process. Allow stainless steel polish to dry, and then wipe the steel plate with a clean microfiber cloth.

  4. 4

    Polish until desired finish is achieved.

Tips and warnings

  • If the steel becomes overheated while buffing use phosphoric acid to reseal the affected area.
  • When working with an extremely abrasive polish on stainless steel you run the risk of overheating the metal. Overheating can warp the steel causing it to soften.

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