August 14, 2017

Tutorial Series – Finishing Details, Part 1

PART 1 – Finishing Hardware

In this tutorial series, i will show you how you can add that little bit of extra care and finish to your projects. We will start off with something that every one of us has come across when working on our cars, the nut and bolts that holds everything together.

In my line of work, I use a lot of stainless steel fasteners of various types. The one thing that they all have in common is their raw, came from the factory look. This is fine for most applications, but it will not do for us. RM is in the business of making interiors shine, after all. So how can we fix this? The easiest way is to polish the bolts/screws. They make machines that can do this on the scale of thousands at a time. But for the average hobbyist, that is over kill. All you need is a hand drill, some scouring pads /foam sanding pads with high grit/ and a little bit of time. Lets get started.

Step 1: Take your bolt or screw, and chuck in into your drill. Notice how dull the finish is. We’ll fix that in the next step.

Step 2: Take your abrasive of choice, and press the head of the screw against it. I choose to use a combination of a foam sanding pad, plus a red medium grade scouring pad. Run the drill at high speeds to get the best finish.

Step 3: Wipe the bolt with a clean cloth to get rid of any residue and enjoy your shiny bolts & screws.

Here’s an example with socket head bolts.

Before:

After:

 

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