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Old 01-29-2013, 12:54 AM   #481
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Ok here is what I have noticed that works well. I'm using the gator grits, but have found on my last pass with the fine, if I work slow and in one direction it keeps the swirls away. The buffers, 2 and 5 work well, but can leave some black residue if not completely removed and when trying to remove causes the black melt. What I have found to work best for the cleaning shine!!! Is to clean the keg off with paint thinner completely and dry off... Then I soak a clean pad in paint thinner and go over it again, this gives me the mirror look.

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Old 04-13-2013, 11:38 PM   #482
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Impressive stuff, that really shines

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Old 04-14-2013, 01:50 PM   #483
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Anyone got a pic of a poished keg after a bunch of brews? These must get scratched up.

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Old 04-14-2013, 01:54 PM   #484
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The shine holds up pretty well. The initial job takes 3-4 hours total and then about once a year, you can restore it back with about 15 minutes of work with the fine polish. Boil overs and wort spots come off really easily when the metal is smooth. For example, when the boil over instantly caramelizes, you can wipe it with a wet paper towel and it comes off.

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Old 04-14-2013, 06:39 PM   #485
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mine still look pretty good over a year later. yeah not that mirror finish like they once had, but I can still see myself in it pretty clearly.

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It's good to hear this holds up well. I wouldn't want to put in all that time for the keg to look like a hunk of junk after using it a handful of times.

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The shine holds up pretty well. The initial job takes 3-4 hours total and then about once a year, you can restore it back with about 15 minutes of work with the fine polish. Boil overs and wort spots come off really easily when the metal is smooth. For example, when the boil over instantly caramelizes, you can wipe it with a wet paper towel and it comes off.
Bobby, does the grinder/polisher take off paint/adhesive stickers or do u use something on them first? I have a Yuengling one with red and a Sam Adams one with blue and wasn't sure if i'd need something else to get that off.
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Bobby, does the grinder/polisher take off paint/adhesive stickers or do u use something on them first? I have a Yuengling one with red and a Sam Adams one with blue and wasn't sure if i'd need something else to get that off.
I took a rag and some paint thinner and a stainless scrubbie to my kegs before I began polishing.
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While the pads DO remove the paint and stickers, it's easier and cheaper to do it with paint thinner. It gunks up the pads pretty quick.

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excellent thanks for the input!=

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