Polishing: An Introduction


This process produces a surface with significant specular reflection, but is also capable of reducing diffuse reflection in some materials.

In addition to parts in cars and other vehicles, handrails, cookware, kitchenware, and architectural metal, polishing can improve their appearance. Buffing, a form of polishing, can also be used to prevent corrosion and buildup of bacteria and mold on pipes. Light reflectors are also made using buffing.

Polishing Information

MaterialsMetals such as aluminum, brass, stainless steel, and steel
ColorNot applicable
TextureA glossy finish
TypesChemical polishing, mechanical polishing
ApplicationsJewelry, lenses, and sealing parts

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