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Halo Metal Prep specializes in all facets of polishing, buffing, benchwork and diamond finishing. We pay special attention to flatness, radius detail and final surface finish requirements. Whether it’s new tooling or reconditioning of existing tooling, our highly qualified polishers and bench men can get the job done quickly without the loss of precious production time.
Let’s break down what our Polishing and Buffing services can do for you.
Metal Polishing Service Versus Buffing Service: What is the Difference?
Polishing and buffing are often thought of as identical, but there are actually important differences between them, including the results they produce.
Metal Polishing starts with abrasives that gradually get finer and finer. With polishing we’re looking to create a clean and defect-free surface or radius. We’re aiming for a specific finish within a certain micrometer reading depending on the finish required.
Buffing, on the other hand, uses a cotton, felt or sisal wheel with an added compound to achieve the desired finish: a shine or reflective surface. This process is usually performed last, after polishing.
Diamond abrasives are used for the hardest materials. Some examples of applications where diamond abrasives are applied are on tool steels, super-alloys and carbides. These are used in stamping dies, forge dies, plastic injection molds and optical tooling. These are amongst the most common industries that need diamond abrasives to have their parts polished effectively.
When a part cannot be held and manipulated to an abrasive wheel or belt, benchwork may be required with use of but not limited to handheld die-grinders, files and stones.
When preparing Dies for production you need the smoothest surfaces with the least amount of friction possible. We are some of the most experienced in the business in bringing these qualities out of your production dies. For this we will employ our years of benchwork experience to make the determination of what finish is required of the end-product, or follow the specifications lined out in your production drawings — Benchwork may be required to bring that last bit of desired mirror-like shine that machining cannot create on its own.
Examples of components that may require manual benchwork or polishing are: Molds, Dies, Aircraft Landing Gear, Castings, heavy components that cannot be held by hand or Inner Diameter Polishing. Ready to get started? Request a quote below.