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Featured Customer of the Month!

Featured Customer of the Month!

To honor the past holiday, July 4th,  we wanted to feature a company based in the USA. Rustic Attitude is a company that creates handcrafted jewelry and accessories. They use our compounds to polish stainless, silver, brass and copper pieces into custom works of art. Specifically our Blizzard Compound, Spiral and Flannel Buffing Wheels, and Flap Wheels for sanding. Not only have they been our customers for over 25 years, but we have been lucky enough to form a friendship with them over these years.

Whether you are an established jewelry maker or would like to polish and restore some of your jewelry that has been sitting around we would love to help you select which of our products will work best for you.

 

Here are just a few examples of Rustic Attitude’s work:

 

Check them out at their website https://www.rusticattitude.com/ 

FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/rusticattitude/

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Wenol to Revitalize your Silver, Brass, copper, Stainless, etc.

Wenol to Revitalize your Silver, Brass, copper, Stainless, etc.

Revitalize your silver, brass, copper, stainless, etc. household items quickly with our Wenol products. 

We found some old tarnished silverware and gave it the makeover it needs (See how to use our Wenol below). Whether you're doing a wedding shower, baby shower, birthday, anniversery, or any event, this is a fun way to bring a vintage feel to your modern day event. Just set up a beautiful place setting, add some home cooking and you'll have a party you won’t forget!

Wenol:
To polish out tarnish on your silverware, candlesticks, brass items, sterling ware, etc. this is the product for you. Just take a clean rag (cut up t-shirts work awesome) with a small amount of Wenol and hand rub off the tarnish. Use a clean rag to give it its luster. Use our Orange tube of Wenol for the more tarnished items, or the Blue tube for lightly tarnished items. Then you're all set!

Wenol

 

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Featured Customer of the Month

Featured Customer of the Month

We are so excited to introduce to you one of our extremely talented customers. Steve Nielsen is a commissioned metal & airbrush artist who uses some of our products to create beautiful polished stainless steel sculptures.

His specialties are making hand shaped stainless trout and salmon. His latest masterpiece took 740 hrs to complete. It's a 30" stainless steel walleye fish sculpture. Steve donated over 600 hrs of this project, so that it can be auctioned off April 26th at the 30th annual Fish Futures banquet. The walleye proceeds will go to the fish and water conservation efforts. Steve's way of giving back to the community that's created a life time of experiences and inspiration for his art.

Steve used our buffing wheels and compounds to remove sanding scratches and bring the surface to a high luster mirror finish. We would love to talk with you about your polishing projects and which of our products would work best for you.

Take a look at some of his amazing work below.

A little more about Steve:

Steve Nielsen born and raised in Oroville California, which is Northern California, surround by lakes rivers and foothills. He grew up fishing and hunting a lot with his father, who was a fishing guide for over 30 years. It's no wonder most all of Steve's art shows the heavily influenced wildlife area he lives in and his experiences with his father.

Steve has always had a passion for the arts and creating things with his hands.
He has been welding and creating things from metal since 1984 when he took his first metal shop class as a freshman in high school. After high school Steve started his first business building custom vehicles and did so successfully for 18 years.

January 2013, Steve made  choice that he was going to spend the rest of his life mastering his passions for art. Including metal shaping and airbrushing.
In the past 5 years Steve has completed hundreds of metal sculptures. Including a life size polished stainless eagle that has over 4,000 individual feathers. This over 2,000 hrs to complete. He's developed a line of metal butterflies that he makes and paints hundreds per year. In 2017 Steve was commissioned to replicate an ancient Inca gold sungod. The original made of solid gold was estimated 19" wide. Using only a photo from Google, he built a 8ft x 6ft replica. That's now displayed in the high end restaurant, at the Godfrey hotel Boston.
 
Steve feels this is what he's always been meant to do, and the polished stainless walleye is just the beginning of many more elaborate sculptures to come.

 workwithsteve2014@gmail.com
 Facebook.com/SteveNielsenArtist
 Instagram.com/SteveNielsenArt
 Etsy.com/shop/SteveNielsenArt

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Aluminum Polishing

Aluminum Polishing

Take your dull aluminum finish to a full shine using our Aluminum Buffing Kit! Use our Side Grinder with our Side Grinder Adapter Extension. Spiral Sewn Buffs and Tripoli Brown Compound are used to remove scratches. Canton Flannel Buff and White Rouge Compound are used for buffing to a mirror finish.

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Application of Compound to Wheel

Application of Compound to Wheel

While wheel is rotation, apply the compound in a semi-circle motion to the edge. Light pressure and 2 to 3 passes across the face of the buff is all that is required. If the face of the buff becomes hard or is leaving streaks on the part, the buff needs to be raked. Raking the buff will also keep the buff balanced. If a black deposit of compound develops on the part, the part is not hot enough. The part should be hot enough that you can not touch the area that you are buffing with your bare hands. Cotton gloves are necessary to hold the hot parts.

Links to products mentioned above:

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Instructions for Buffing and Polishing

Instructions for Buffing and Polishing

For deep scratches in stainless we recommend our Sisal Wheel with the Emery Compound. This is a very aggressive combination and is 3 to 4 times faster than the Spiral Sewn and Emery Compound combination. Emery Compound application to the Sisal Wheel will be every 30 seconds because the wheel holds the compound on the face of the buffs versus soaking in like cotton buffs do. This will leave light scratches and will need to be followed up with the Spiral Sewn and Emery Compound.

The Spiral Sewn Wheel or Firm Airways are used with the Emery of Tripoli Compounds and will remove light scratches in your stainless or aluminum. Compound application will be every 30 to 60 seconds. If this combination does not remove the scratches you will have to sand out the imperfections and start the buffing process again. Use the Canton Flannel or Soft Airway buffs with the Blizzard White or White Rouge to bring your part to a mirror finish. Compound application is about every 30 to 60 seconds.

 

Links to Products mentioned above:

Compound

Buffing Wheels

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Helpful Hints

Generally most parts are buffed with an up and down motion or side to side motion until the part is ready to be finished. An upward stroke, which is a motion that pulls the part upward against the rotation of the buff is more aggressive and is know as a cutting stroke. A downward stroke is a motion that moves the part in the direction of the rotation or towards the floor is a finishing stroke and will leave the part the shiniest. The downward stroke will also remove most compound haze and leave it the cleanest.

Don't mix compounds on buffs. Once a compound has been used for a buff, that buff is dedicated to that compound. Mixing compounds on a buff will result in a cloudy finish.

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