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Your Polishing Questions Answered (Issue 2)

Mon 16th July 2018

1. What grit is a bright polish? We get asked this question a lot. We also have stockholders tell us with complete confidence that a bright polish is ‘a 400 grit’. The first thing that needs to be established is what the substrate is. If it is a 2m x 1m 0.7mm stainless steel sheet …

Your Polishing Questions Answered (Isue 1)

Mon 9th July 2018

Here we look back at some of the regular questions we are asked and the advice given by Kirsty Davies-Chinnock. 1. My customer has fabricated a sign out of mirror polished 316 stainless steel. It has been in situ for less than a month and it has started to discolour, why? This is a really common …

More than just scratching the surface.

Mon 18th June 2018

By Peter Davies Peter is the founder of Professional Polishing Svs Ltd and was Managing Director from 1983 to 2008. On the 1st July 2018 we celebrate our 35th anniversary and thought it was interesting to look back on this article Peter wrote several (many!) years ago. This is a historic article and for up …

Removing Surface Scratches

Tue 29th May 2018

Quite often we see material after it has been cut to the final flat shape as this means that any small scratches can be removed or minimised by the polishing process. This, of course, is only applicable if the polish removes any surface stock, unfortunately Bright and Mirror Polishing would not remove them. However when …

GDPR Privacy Policy Statement

Wed 23rd May 2018

Data protection law is changing and we are required to provide you with information under the new General Data Protection Policy Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect on 25th May 2018. Here at Professional Polishing Services Ltd we are committed to your privacy and the protection of your personal data. We have ensured out technological …

Why is acrylic tape applied to yellow metals?

Wed 23rd May 2018

As a polishing company who process brass, aluminium, copper and bronze as well as stainless steel we are often asked why we don’t recommend standard protective tapes as an application on brass and copper. The adhesive layer on standard, and laser, tapes has a rubber element to it and prolonged expose to the surface of …

Hot Rolled Plate in an Architectural Setting

Wed 16th May 2018

Hot Rolled plate is notorious for quality variations including defects in the surface such as pitting, laminations and mill lines. Before polishing the ‘skin’ is removed using a pre-grinding process that removes the surface scale and the majority of the surface defects. Over the last fifteen years or so the overall quality of hot rolled …

Polishing Intricate Laser Cut Profiles

Thu 16th November 2017

As a polishing company that produces around 30,000 tonnes per year it is always exciting when we get a project that is a little different. We Dull and Silicon Finish tonnes and tonnes each day through our sheet lines and the material is often laser cut into decorative profiles after polishing. On some occasions we …

Stainless Steel Triangular Section

Wed 8th November 2017

Sometimes we’re asked to polish something completely unusual that it stops us in our tracks! We are no stranger to polishing RHS or Square tube to fine finishes for architectural projects but triangular section was something new to us. Sourcing the material wasn’t easy for our client either as the project required 6 mtr long …

Bronze Plate: Turning the Dull into the Divine

Tue 7th November 2017

Whilst we polish a lot of Stainless Steel we also polish non-ferrous material such as aluminium, brass, copper and bronze. Recently we were asked to apply a Satin Finish onto some thick bronze plate profiles. Bronze of course is synonymous as being the ‘third’ metal in medal tables and has been a semi-precious material since, …