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    Default metal finishing: lapping to a mirror finish

    hello everyone,

    this is my first tutorial ive written so this is a learning experience for me also

    well lets get this started..

    as a modder, there may be several things you will want to have a mirror finish, from your blingin side panels to the bottom side of your heatsink, or even the top of your processor!

    Lapping is a simply process of giving metal a mirror finish, like so


    So here we go..

    WHAT YOU NEED:


    the obvious, what you are going to give your finish, for this i used a side panel(with metals that are coated like this panel you will need to sand through the coating):


    Next you will need sandpaper, ranging from about 600 grit to 1200 or even 1600, in intervals of 200:


    a sanding block:


    Next you will need rubbing compound:


    then you need your metal polish (i use a special mix that i got from my work's polishing company):


    Paper towels for clean up and polishing:


    And finally a polishing cloth:



    First i sanded the area i was going to polish with some heavier grit sand paper(about 200) to get it down to bare metal:


    then slowly worked the surface with my sanding block and sand paper:

    (i only had 800 and 1200 grit around to do this)

    After sanding with the 800 grit i had a surface that looked like this:


    Then i moved onto using 1200 grit, leaving a finish like this:

    see the sanding lines even after 1200?

    this is the point where the rubbing compound comes in handy. Rubbing compound,along with polishing compound, is like a SUPER high grit sandpaper.

    Using my paper towel and rubbing compound i ran over the surface again, bringing it to this finish:


    Now i added some of my polish compound:


    And using your polishing cloth begin to rub away


    When polishing you will see your compound go from its original color to a dark grey, this is the metal getting worn, which is what you want:


    then using a clean area of your polishing cloth, wipe away the polish and rub it a bit more to get it all clean and you will be left with a mirror finish


    i hope this is informative to some of you and hope you will try it out!

    thanks for looking in!

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    Default Re: metal finishing: lapping to a mirror finish

    Great info, thanks for posting. Question, what is in the polish you use and what would be a substitue?
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    Default Re: metal finishing: lapping to a mirror finish

    honestly...i dont know what is in the compound...but i do know it works hella awesome... its something that our polishers mix in house...all i have is a small sample of it

    when in machining we used Mothers metal polish....it works very well.. it comes in a tub like turtle wax...

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    Default Re: metal finishing: lapping to a mirror finish

    Nice addition to the Modding Arsenal that is accumulating here!

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    Default Re: metal finishing: lapping to a mirror finish

    if you going to lap processors, heatsinks and waterblocks you must (if you want it to work best) use a flat surface. looking through the internet i have learned you should use a 1/4" thick sheet of glass or thicker. like b4i7 said above you should use from 600 - 1200(i would go to 2500, but you don't have to) grit sand paper. i also read on some sites that marking an X or lines on the processor, Heatsink, Water block will tell you if there are any low spots. here is a picture of a scrap processor i lapped then polished.



    Links to some sites
    PCViper UltraKit - Heatsink Lapping kit Review
    EasyPCKits Lapping Kit Review
    my thread about lapping my processor
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    Default Re: metal finishing: lapping to a mirror finish

    yeah....marking it will help show where you are low and such...just like hitting a bondo job with a light coat of paint would...thanks for adding info spawn

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    Default Re: metal finishing: lapping to a mirror finish

    I would +rep you, but it says I have to spread it around again. Nice tut d00d!

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    Default Re: metal finishing: lapping to a mirror finish

    thanks, ill try to write a few more tut's for you guys on metal finishing

    Quote Originally Posted by intergalacticman View Post
    stunning, how does one tap a hole?

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    Default Re: metal finishing: lapping to a mirror finish

    See if you can find out what's in that polish at work unless it's a trade secret. I'd love to know.
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    Default Re: metal finishing: lapping to a mirror finish

    yeah...im pretty sure its a trade secret..sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by intergalacticman View Post
    stunning, how does one tap a hole?

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