Polishing Stainless Plates
Here you can see just how many processes there are to polishing a plate….ALL these items are used for each plate
This is how the plate starts…the mill finish, and if your buggy is not polished this is what your plates will look like close up….it is known as orange peel effect. Even a bead blasted surface is quite rough close up.
By this stage you can see I have got down to the Bibielle Medium disc, cut one way, then 90 degrees cut the other way removing all previous cuts.
Here you can clearly see the difference between the mill finish and the part polished finish
This plate has been polished half way, the difference is obvious
You can see from the earlier mill finish, the surface is quite rough, this roughness will hold salt and dirt from the beach and will rust….the polised surface offers the salt and dirt nothing to hold onto, the stainless will stay looking good and avoid corrosion for much longer
Always a good sign you are nearly finished, its a pity the reflection is not so good
Each plate takes me on average one hour to get from mill to mirror finish
The polished task is long and dirty, but the rewards at the end are worth it.