Polishing your stainless steel beer making equipment

May 2, 2013 · Filed Under Microfiber Cloths, Wenol · Comment 

In a previous post we gave details on how we polished a stainless steel beer keg for use in home brewing with wet dry sand paper and Autosol metal polish.  This post is to show you how we polished another keg or keggle, depending on your terminology, this time using polishing compound bars and finishing with Wenol Red  metal polish. The technique took us about 1/3 the time, but the finish while bright and shinny, was a little more subtle than when we used the wet or dry sand paper routine.
In the first post about polishing stainless kegs, we wanted to do it by hand with no power tools. In this post we will use a Ryobi 18v cordless drill, a couple of spiral sewn buffing wheels and a Promo Buff Ball. The type of items you most likely have around or can readily procure most anywhere.
We used the same Black & Decker Workmate bench as the last time, opening it up enough so the keg when on its side could be easily spun to an un-shined spot. We then took a 4 inch spiral sewn buff wheel and raked it with a flat bladed screw driver. If your wheel was not raked before, you might want to do it outside as you will produce quite a bit of lint. Then at low speed we applied the brown tripoli compound onto the wheel. You do this by using light pressure. The friction will cause heat and thus get the compound onto the wheel. You don’t need a lot on the wheel. Then again starting on slow speed we lightly touched the wheel to the stainless steel surface. Increase your speed and work in a small area 8 inches long or so in between the ribs of the keg. You don’t need to put a lot of pressure on the wheel to see good results. Keep the wheel spinning and moving, not staying on the same spot long at all. In fact if you sense that the metal is getting hot or warm to the touch, let it cool and don’t apply nearly as much pressure and move faster. After you have gone the entire circumference of the keg, move to the next ribbed section, applying more compound as necessary until you have the keg completely done.
Next we prepared to go to the green stainless compound. You can either rake off any remaining brown tripoli compound you have on your wheel, or just simply go to another new wheel. Apply the green compound to the wheel as done above and polish the keg in a similar manner as before until finished. We then washed down the keg with warm soapy water, rinsed and dried with a microfiber cloth. By now you should have a nice bright surface.
Now to put the cherry on top of the cake, we used Wenol  metal polish in the red tube. We applied polish to the tips of our nitrile fingered gloves and spread evenly over the whole section between each raised rib of the keg. We then put on a Promo Buff Ball onto our cordless 18v Ryobi drill and starting slowly so the polish did not splatter, increased the speed and buffed the keg to a really nice shine. We applied more polish to each ribbed section until the whole keg including the lid was shined. You should remove any excess polish and wash the keg with warm soapy water and rinse it thoroughly before using to to brew. Down the road as your equipment’s shine dulls down somewhat, you can easily bring back the shine with just another application of  Wenol polish and hand buffing. Wenol has long been used in the restaurant business for cleaning  and shining expensive professional pots, pans and catering equipment. If you are looking for Wenol polish click here to be taken to our recommended online supplier.


Jewelry Polishing Cloth Care Kit Review with Pictures

February 2, 2013 · Filed Under Microfiber Cloths, Simichrome · Comment 

This new Jewelry Polishing Cloth Care Kit with Simichrome is small and compact but still is a power house for cleaning your jewelry. Its easy to store in your jewelry box or fit in a purse or luggage when traveling.  What makes this kit unique is that it is a 2 part kit. For most of the use you will need …just use the pink 3″ X 4″ cloth. It opens to about double its size to reveal  a white treated cloth that is so easy to use. All  you need to do is rub the surface of your piece gently to loosen the tarnish, then buff with the pink outer cloth.  In the picture below you can see the results of using this cloth on the top flower of the silver pin. It took less than a minute to get this result on a heavily tarnished piece. Also included in this kit just in case your jewelry needs a little more tlc, is a tube of the world renowned Simichrome polish. Just use a little dab to polish with using the larger microfiber cloth supplied in the kit.  Then on a clean spot of the cloth just lightly  buff for a really impressive result. The kits are no longer available. If you would like to get a tube of Simichrome from our recommended supplier, click here.

Polish Guy Tip Polish Guy Tip :   “When in doubt, allow a professional jeweler to clean your jewelry. “

Bike care – removing rust from handle bars with Simichrome polish

May 15, 2011 · Filed Under Microfiber Cloths, Simichrome · Comment 

This polishing instruction tip, gives directions for removing light rust marks,  cleaning, polishing & restoring  your bikes handle bars with Simichrome polish.

Polish Guy Tip Polish Guy Tip : “  Keep a couple of microfiber cloths along with you on your bike trips. The larger 16 inch ones are good for not only polishing your bike, but are also handy to dry off your bike if you get caught in a sudden rain shower. A dry bike is a rust free bike.”
Simichrome Polish in a tube

Materials Used:


1.First wash your bike to insure it is free of road grime and surface dirt. Apply a good size dab of Simichrome to the finger tip of your nitrile glove about the size of a dime. You may also apply the polish directly from the tube onto the surface you are polishing. You may even apply the polish directly to your cloth and then spread onto the surface. Remember a little polish goes a long way.

2. Spread the polish evenly over the entire surface, do not let the polish dry. It is very helpful if you use nitrile gloves to polish as the rust and oxidation stays off your hands. They also keep your hands and fingers from cracking, as they keep the chemicals off your skin.

3. Using any soft cloth use moderate pressure to buff the polish. You will notice the rust marks come off  and onto your cloth. Keep turning the cloth over to a clean spot and rub over the entire surface you want to polish until no more  residue is visible on the cloth.

4. At this point, do the final shine rub down. We used a microfiber cloth, as it picks up any remaining polish residue and will polish the handle bars to a mirror finish.

5. The Simichrome will leave a thin unnoticeable film layer that will delay further corrosion, repel dust and lengthen time required between polish jobs.

6. If you need Simichrome polish, nitrile gloves or microfiber cloths, please support our recommened online polish supplier by clicking here. They ship fast and if you have any questions offer good customer support.

Before and After:


Faucet & Fixture Polishing Kit customer review

February 26, 2010 · Filed Under Flitz Polish, Microfiber Cloths, Simichrome · Comment 

” didn’t think there would be enough of a difference in the appearance of my 3 yr old polished nickel faucet to take a “before” photo, but it turned out LIKE A JEWEL!!! faucet kit is WONDERFUL! thanks for the great info.”

The above quote was e-mailed to us by a customer after reading a post and then ordering & using the faucet polish kit we featured in a post dated October 7, 2008. This kit has 3 great products in it, Simichrome polish, Flitz Faucet & Fixture Wax and a large microfiber cloth.

If you would like to read the original post which includes step by step instructions about polishing faucets along with a video, click here.


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