polishing horn scales

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polishing horn scales

Post by thom » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:02 pm

Is it ok to polish horn scales with a dremel? Using the felt polishing wheel/pad, which polish do I use, white green red? Any tips? Higher or lower speed? The scales are already polished from new. I have a knife that the scales are kind of dull.

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Re: polishing horn scales

Post by Bill DeShivs » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:41 pm

I wouldn't. You'll probably burn the scales. Dremel polishing wheels turn too fast, and have a very small contact area.
My suggestion is to use Simichrome, Flitz, Mothers, etc. very sparingly on a soft cloth. Rub briskly-covering as much area as you can at one time.
Use only enough polish to saturate into the cloth, so you don't get the polish into the joints and spaces around the button, etc.
When finished, do the same thing with paste wax or neutral paste shoe polish. Buff with soft cloth. The wax may be all you need, anyway.
Again, be careful not to get excess wax into areas where it ca't be removed.
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