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I recieved the Tamiya Polishing Compounds

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  • Member since
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  • From: Boston
I recieved the Tamiya Polishing Compounds
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Sunday, May 14, 2017 12:52 PM

I have received the Tamiya Polishing compounds from Hong Kong and they seem to work great.  There is a little bit of a learning curve but I can see these helping in many situations.

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    April, 2013
Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Sunday, May 14, 2017 3:50 PM

I recently received a set of these, bundled with the polishing cloths, but I am nowhere near a stage with my current project to justify taking them out of the box. I've heard good things and I am curious about trying it out. Do you have any tips to share?

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    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Monday, May 15, 2017 11:55 AM

You need very little of the polish. Maybe the size of a pea.  Then buff that grade until it is dry and buffed out.  Then wipe off any residue from that grade and go to the next grade.  You have to decide whether to start with course or fine.  It also seems like you will use more finish grade than the others just to get the final result where you want it.

 

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:05 AM

Some of the better hardware stores- the old fashioned kind that really specialize in hardware- usually have some polishing compounds that are quite usable for modelling.

In addition to stuff labeled as polishing compounds, pumice and rouge are great for fine polishing.  Toothpastes are polishing agents too.  Usually more of a medium than a fine grit- I have never tried the stuff sold for "sensitive teeth".

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:51 PM

Don, I have frequently used toothpaste for this in the past. It's not bad.  I would however recommend the Tamiya compounds from what I have now seen.  You can polish clear plastic to near glasslike.  Then dipped in Future it looks showroom.  When the age of a model should be showroom finish.

I spent $16 dollars including shipping from Hong Kong. I figured if the package didn't arrive it wasn't the end of the world.  They did arrive in a reasonable time.

I figure these will last a long time as I will only use them for clear parts canopies and maybe the finish to buff out a model car paint job.  I don't build many model cars as a rule, but the stuff will be on hand.

Another tip is to just use your index finger and not a cloth with these Tamiya polishes.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:42 AM

Wilbur Wright

Don, I have frequently used toothpaste for this in the past. It's not bad.  I would however recommend the Tamiya compounds from what I have now seen.  You can polish clear plastic to near glasslike.  Then dipped in Future it looks showroom.  When the age of a model should be showroom finish.

 

Yeah, toothpaste is a coarser abrasive, but useful if you need a coarser abrasive quickly.  I find it is about like 600 or 1000 grit paper. The stuff I mentioned as available in some hardware stores is finer.  Jeweler's rouge is often used to polish plexiglas or other acrylics.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January, 2006
Posted by Paul Budzik on Sunday, June 04, 2017 7:02 PM

White Diamond polishing compound is specifically designed for polishing plastic/acrylic ...

https://www.amazon.com/Beall-Tools-White-Diamond-Bar/dp/B0037MG8PY

Shown here at 4:40

 

Paul

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