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Old 07-24-2012, 02:35 AM   #1
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I want to polish up my kegs, and after reading all the posts on here it seems like everyone uses Gator Grit. The only problem is none of the hardware stores by me carry it. Can anyone recommend another product or what type of grit level I need to use. If it makes any difference, the angle grinder I'll be using is this http://www.homedepot.com/Ryobi/h_d1/...&storeId=10051

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I found on another site, one person's method was to use 3M products with the following grit levels. 100 --> 220 --> 320 wet --> 1000 wet. Then they used ryobi polishing compound D. Does this sound like it will get the job done? Only thing that I wasn't sure about, was what kind of pad they used with the polishing compound.

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I have been thinking about this as well. Have you seen this site?
http://www.suebob.com/index.php?opti...ects&Itemid=64

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Whoa! 100 grit to start? It will be a LOT of polishing to get through the scratches left by that!! Given that my kegs are used and a bit dented, I hold out no hope of achieving perfection. There may be a few scratches in them, but I think starting off around 400 grit will give you 95% of the look with 25% of the work. Heck, just getting rid of the marks and glue and then doing one pass with a polishing compound ought to come out pretty nice.

I definitely think that 100 grit is overkill.

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So your saying just start with 400, should I even bother with the 1000? Also what pad should I use with the polishing compound?

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Yes I've seen that site and would like to do that but as I stated in my first post, the hardware stores by me don't carry Gator Grit.
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Personally I would start with polish, forget grinding and sanding, and wind up with really respectable looking kegs in 30 minutes a piece. But if you really want them to sparkle, yes, I think starting with 400 would be fine. 100 is MIGHTY coarse.

I have a grinding/polishing tool, dewalt variable speed. I would just get some sanding disks and mount them on the rubber backing plate, and go slowly as needed.

Mothers sells a silicone polish treatment for metal. They call it mag polish, but it is for all metals. I have used that on the outside of a corny and it came out very well with no real polishing and just a bit of elbow grease. Using any real gritty polish to start ought to do a nice job. It is just a question of how much time you are willing to invest and what your desired outcome is.

For polishing pads, get the foam and microfiber ones at the autoparts store.

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I did the gator grit method on mine and followed the info on Bobby's site (suebob.com). Honestly, I don't think you need to start with the medium pad. I polished a pretty messed up keg to a mirror shine, but I spent a LONG time getting the swirls that the medium pad left out.
So going with a 3M method, I agree. 100 grit is ridiculous. I would probably start around 400.
However, the gator grits worked quite well for me. I don't think I'd want to deal with wet sanding it. Can you order the gator stuff online? I would probably try that before I went down the sandpaper road.

By the way, if you do go with the gator grit. Do yourself a huge favor and either do it outside or seal off a portion of your garage to do it in. AND wear a dust mask! It's been some time now and I'm still cleaning the layer of black off of everything in my garage.

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I was thinking of ordering online. How many of each pad would I need.?

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