Worker applying plasterThe right surface finishing of any material or equipment is important to the safety, efficiency, and productivity of the industry that’ll be using it. Different applications will demand all sorts of requirements depending on the end use of the equipment. That’s why it’s also important to know the different options involved in the finishing process to make sure you’re meeting the requirements of its application.

Will you need to follow specific codes in the industry? Do you know how the final product will be used? As each product leaves a different finish, knowing the necessary requirements will help you choose which products would work best for the job.

Wire Brushes

Rather than removing base materials, power wire brushes clean these surfaces and leave them with an orange peel finish. They work best for rust removal, paint removal, or weld cleaning. Wire brushes work well in maintaining surfaces and is the least aggressive of these products.

Buffing Wheels

These products don’t usually contain abrasives, but are used with certain compounds that have fine abrasives to create a shiny or mirror-like finish.

Non-Woven Abrasives

Hand pads, blending discs, and surface conditioning discs are some of the examples of non-woven abrasives. They are made of fibers filled with abrasive grains that can leave finishes from coarse to ultra-fine.

Coated Abrasives

The finishes that coated abrasives produce vary depending on the size, grit type, or the tool it was used on. Leaving a smoother finish as it gets finer, they usually range from coarse grit to fine grit.

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Grinding Wheels

The most abrasive of these products, grinding wheels are used to remove a lot of material in the least amount of time. It’s not normally used for finishing but there are applications that do require it.

Remember that there’s no one-size-fits-all product for different applications. You may even have to combine products to reach a specific finish. Doing your research and understanding the application requirements will help you choose the right products and help you reach the perfect finish for your application.