Cost Savings Through Flexibility
Manufacturing costs and timelines are always under tight scrutiny. At A&H Duffy we believe that giving you options at every point of the process allows for more control over the 2 things that ultimately determine your success. With 6 Levels of Polishing ranging from rough grinding to a flawless mirror finish, we can match the right Polishing Method, with the right Polishing Level to achieve a profitable cost structure.
#3 Finish
Grain finish. Also called Grinding, Roughing or Rough Grinding Very coarse finish. The material is polished to a uniform finish between 60 and 180 grit.

#4 Architectural Finish
Also called Brushed, Directional or Satin Finish. A #4 Architectural Finish is characterized by fine polishing grit lines that are uniform and directional in appearance. It is produced by polishing the metal with a 120 - 180 grit belt or wheel finish and then softened with an 80 - 120 grit greaseless compound or a medium non woven abrasive belt or pad.

#4 Dairy or Sanitary Finish
This finish is commonly used for the medical and food industry - almost exclusively used on stainless steel. Great care should be taken in removing the surface defects in the metal - like pits - that could allow bacteria to grow. This finish is produced by polishing with a 180 - 240 grit belt or wheel finish softened with 120 - 240 grit greaseless compound or a fine non woven abrasive belt or pad.

#6 Finish
Buffed finish. Some light grain. Some haze. This finish is produced by polishing with a 220 - 280 grit belt then buffed with a sisal to create a uniform buffed finish.

#7 Finish
Smooth buffed finish with a very bright appearance. Very light haze. The part is belt polished with a 280 - 320 belt then buffed with a cut and color compound. This is a common finish in preparation for chrome plating. A #7 finish can be made bright by color buffing with coloring compound and a cotton buff. This is a good way to keep polishing costs down when a part needs to be shiny but not flawless.

#8 Mirror Finish
"Mirror" bright finish with clear reflection - No haze. All surface defects are removed. The part is buffed and then color buffed to achieve a mirror finish. The quality of this finish is dependent on the quality of the metal being polished. Castings that have pits will be difficult - if not impossible polish to a #8.
Our Capabilities
Polishing Methods
6 Levels of Polishing
Product Support Services
A & H Duffy Polishing and Finishing, Co.
Hand Polishing, Machine Polishing, Robotic Polishing, Mass Polishing and Sandblasting
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