6061 aluminum part
I wanted to know the best way to put a nice shiny finish on my new part. I surfaced the part on my CNC mill, but don't like the boxed swirly pattern that the end mill left.
I don't own a surface grinder, but I do have a 12" disc sander and a 6" grinder. I have 120 grit paper for the 12", but don't think this is really going to leave me with a nice shiny finish.
Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated !!
Depends on the shape of the part, but I'd wet sand with 320, 400, 600, and then polish with polishing compund.
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But doesn't that scratch it, leaving a nasty surface?
I'll upload a photo of my part, give me a sec.
You'll notice in one of the pictures the stair stepping on the side of the part. I believe this is do to my backlash screws loosening. The part I'm trying to surface is the top of the shaft and maybe something to clean up that side.
Make a flex pass using cuter comp or wright a tool path to do the same to clean up the steps a vib finisher will camo some of the tool mark's but not all two flut end mill fast spindel speed coolant and a fairly fast feed rate on the cleanup Good luck kevin
I found out about a neat tool that might help out. I was helping out with FIRST last year at a machine shop and they had a semisoft wheel that went on a grinder. They referred to it as a deburring wheel. It almost acted as a polisher. It will remove a little material if you are not careful.
Doing a quick web search it looks like 3M might also make something using scotchbrite material. I know that you can get this in sheets, so maybe put it in a sander.
Make sure you try it first on a sample piece.
Thanks guys for help and suggestions, but I have already found a way that worked great. Here's what I bought
- 180 grit wet sandpaper
- 800 grit wet sandpaper
- 1200 grit wet sandpaper
- 2000 grit wet sandpaper
Started off with the 180 and worked it all the way thru the 2000 grit. I then polished it with some mothers aluminum polish, and bam the part came out looking like it was chromed ! Couldn't be happier with the finish, except how easy the surface scratches.
I started another post here asking what can I do beside anodizing or painting to seal it. Any at home tricks I can do ?
Thanks for the tip !!
Here's a picture of how it came out. Notice the scratches on the bottom of the shaft, not from sanding. I had the part backwards in the slot and must have moved it up and down a few times, and as you can see scratches scratches.
Anything I can do to prevent this, maybe a little clear coat from Lowes, home depot ?
I always found Pledge lemon furniture polish ok for keeping the aluminum from oxidizing. Might stink a little but it works