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Old 07-26-2012, 02:16 PM   #11
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Since you can't just run and grab, I'd get two packs of the light grit and two packs of the polishing pads. Don't forget the backing pad also. The gator grit one is more pricey but after having a cheap harbor freight one break on me, I ended up spending the extra money anyway. For polishing compound you don't have to get the stuff at Lowes either. Most hardware stores seemed to have some when I checked. I would ask your local store. They tend to keep it near the tools when they do have it.

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Old 07-26-2012, 02:22 PM   #12
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Is that two packs for each keg? Do you guys have the model number or a link of those pads, because every time I google Gator Grit fine finishing pad nothing specific comes up. I just get a list of all their products.

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Old 07-26-2012, 05:59 PM   #13
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I think I used two medium, two fine, and 3 polishing disks per keg. I probably would've used less though if I'd just started with the gator grit backing pad from the beginning. Each pack has two pads in it. I just recommended to get extra since it would suck to run out mid-polishing and have to wait another week to get more.

I don't have the part numbers handy, however as I'm at work. If I remember when I get home, I'll see if I still have the packages in my toolbox.

Actually, I googled real quick
Here's the backer pad.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_251023-1069-...ductId=1207989
Polishing discs
http://www.lowes.com/pd_251038-1069-...RL=&facetInfo=
Fine discs
http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1
#5 Polishing compound
http://www.lowes.com/pd_329453-70-PC...RL=&facetInfo=

For whatever reason, I can't seem to find the #2 compound on their website though. But you'll want to start with something a little more rough than the 5 and hit it with the #5 last.

Here's what mine looked like going through the steps.

Before polishing


I can't remember if this was after the fine or medium... I think it was the medium.


Then after the compounds.

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Thank you so much, this has helped out a ton

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Old 07-26-2012, 06:41 PM   #15
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Not a problem! There's a huge thread on here about polishing them, but it's like a days worth of reading to come up with the info I just gave you.

Remember though, wear a mask at the least. I didn't at first and I was blowing tar from my sinuses for days. And like I mentioned, if you don't want everything covered in a layer of black junk, do it outside or seal off the area where you're doing it with floor to ceiling tarps.

It took me about 4-5 hours total to get it to that shine, but like I mentioned, I wouldn't even use the medium disks to start unless your keg looks much worse than mine did. Even then I would probably only hit the huge gouges with the medium and do the rest with the light pad.

Take your time, and stick some headphones in and it'll go by quick.

Also, try to do it at a comfortable height where you're not bending over or you'll regret it later!

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Old 07-26-2012, 06:47 PM   #16
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Sorry, I just noticed that my links take you straight to the Lowe's main page.

Here's the item numbers for them that you can search for instead.
Backer pad: 86517
Polishing discs: 251038
Fine discs: 251029
#5 polish: 329453

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This could be really good news for me, I just did a random search on Menards website by the model numbers and found these:

Backer pad: http://menards.com/main/tools-hardwa...16-c-10154.htm
Polishing discs: http://menards.com/main/tools-hardwa...20-c-10154.htm
Fine discs:http://menards.com/main/tools-hardwa...17-c-10154.htm

You think their the same? They look like it, which would be great, because they have them at my store and their cheaper.

Also sorry for not reading the older thread. I figured if the model numbers weren't on bobby's Site they weren't going to be in the thread.

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I used these exact pads to polish mine, medium, fine, and polish. They will work. Mine did not end up as nice as the other guy's here but then again I spent about two hours on each keg.

Come to think of it, the rouge or polish compound I could not find at Menards, I think that did come from the home depot.

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This could be really good news for me, I just did a random search on Menards website by the model numbers and found these:

Backer pad: http://menards.com/main/tools-hardwa...16-c-10154.htm
Polishing discs: http://menards.com/main/tools-hardwa...20-c-10154.htm
Fine discs:http://menards.com/main/tools-hardwa...17-c-10154.htm

You think their the same? They look like it, which would be great, because they have them at my store and their cheeper.
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The other thing I would say with the Menard's pad is to go easy on the medium unless you have some pretty good gouges. I spent some time working out the scratches I put in there with the medium. I would say one medium pad, two light, one to two polish pads per keg. Again, I just went for "pretty clean" instead of "mirror finish" so take it for what it is worth.

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Old 07-26-2012, 08:28 PM   #20
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I would try those pads, I see no reason not to.
It's really the polishing compound that brings out the bling.
A lot of it depends on how much time you put into it also. And pressure that you apply.
I think Bobby probably mentioned it on his site, but you need to give it enough pressure until you start to hear the grinder motor slow down some. Light pressure doesn't work as well at all.

And also, work in small areas and move on. Don't try to do the whole length of the keg in one pass.

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