Originally Posted by 10-22Plinker
Wow, now I am intimidated! I don't have any of that stuff.
Your Mini sure does look sweet though, thanks for sharing pictures!
Nah man dont get intimidated. All of this work can be done by hand or 100% with a dremmel if you take your time. Obviously the difference will be how long it will take.
I found that on this particular metal I had to start out with 220 grit paper to get all of the cast marks and just really rough stuff out of it. Of course this means that now you have 220 grit scratches to get out so you just work your way up to 320 and then 400 but you have to make absolutely sure that you get all of the scratches from the previous grit out before moving on to the next.
Heres where it gets tricky though. A sisal wheel with emery compound will easily buff out 400 grit scratches but hand polishing is not going to work.
If you are just rubbing by hand then I would actually take it to at least 600 first.
I would also do this if I were using a dremel to buff also as it doesnt have the cutting action of the big buffing wheels.
This isnt easy by any stretch of the immagination but for me the rewards are worth it. When I look at a piece of metal that i have polished to a show quality shine it just makes me feel good about the work I put in.
good luck you your projects