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    Default Dremel for polishing

    I just got the Cookbook and wow, that's me tied up this afternoon.
    I'm looking at the polishing and sanding attachments, will these fit my dremel? i use a Busch drill bit and that fits ok.
    What attachments would you recommend for polishing and sanding out scratches? There are so many to choose from.
    When i'm filing I always seem to scratch the back of the piece and it would be great if I can sand them out without my arm aching
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    Jille

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    The problem with polishing out scratches will be to preserve the shape of the surface. For instance on flat surfaces use various grades of abrasive paper wrapped around a wooden block, or use an abrasive sponge block. Rotary tools are quite bad at this. To avoid scratches in the first place use masking tape.
    A visit to a Leyland paint shop will provide lots of goodies. Dennis.

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    I absolutely swear by the sanding rolls for getting out scratches. I get through boxes and boxes of them.

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    thanks Dennis and carol for your comments.
    Carol by sanding rolls do you mean the ones like those for a demmel or other power tool?

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    I shall leave Carole to elaborate on "sanding rolls" as there are at least three types. Instead I should like to draw your attention to the medium frosting wheel on p641 of the CookBook. If you are willing to have a frosted finsh, rather like silver sandpaper, these will easily remove scratches and blemishes. They must be run quite slowly, or the wires will start flicking off. A good reason for wearing protective goggles. I sometimes hold the piece in my fingers and it does not hurt (much).You can also mask out a border with masking tape and gently frost the centre.
    To restore this finish after soldering and pickling, use a hand brass brush with plenty of liquid soap and water, or a fine radial disk (p642),which is made of rubber.Again not too fast.
    Lastly on p643 you will find 999ACR, a Scotchbrite wheel which will remove shallow blemishes and leave a dull matt finish. Move the wheel around a lot to avoid grooves, and keep it slow or it will unravel.
    If you are fascinated by abrasives as I am you will want to try them all, but mind your eyes. Dennis.
    Last edited by Dennis; 07-03-2010 at 03:09 PM. Reason: Spelling

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    Dennis I really appreciate your reply, I'm going to look them all up tonight. i love tools and gadgets, i do a lot of arts n crafts so they are gradually taking over the house, but a few sanding wheels........who will notice
    thank you
    Jille

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    These are the ones I use Jewellery Making Supplies | Cookson Gold Precious Metals | Jewellery Findings

    I had a frosting wheel once but I think I pressed too hard with it cos all the bits of wire flew off it. I may try another as I've learned a lot since then. I've got a big one for my big polisher, but I hardly ever use that.

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    Carol they look very handy, I'll put some on my next order
    thank you
    Jill

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