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Tool for polishing/buffing stainless anchor pockets
Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 3:00 PM
Joined: 05/09/2008
Posts: 33

Can anyone recommend a tool for polishing and buffing stainless anchor pockets? I can mount a buffing wheel on a drill, but I'd rather not use an electric power tool while balancing on a raft.

I searched for an air tool, but all I find are grinders which have too many rpm's. Any help and tips appreciated!

Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 12:47 AM
Joined: 01/05/2009
Posts: 1


I would suggest that you wet sand with aluminium oxide wet and dry with water starting with 800 grit ending with around 1200 or 1800/ 2000 grit wet/dry paper the resulting surface will require very little work with a buffing mop.  the key to a good finish is a well loaded mop with the correct compound and plenty of pressure, but work on small area's at a time.

you should be able to get the correct polishing compound from a hardware store in a round stick use with heavy duty 1/2 chuck corded drill and 3/8 arbor and 4-6" dia cotton buffing mops, there are many types some for coarse cutting some for fine finishing.

the more work wet sanding you do the quicker the finish will become a mirror again...using the correct s/steel compound and the mops.

seal with metal wax.. good luck,


Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 3:02 AM

1 Dremel rotary tool- battery powered

 Rinse the stainless steel surface with clear water but don’t dry it. The water helps lubricate the surface so that you don’t scratch it while you are polishing out the scratches.

Step 3

Wet a wet/dry sanding pad or piece of wet/dry sandpaper with water. Use sandpaper that is higher than 600 grit. Use a sanding pad on a power sander if you have a lot of scratches you want to remove. A rotary tool with a detail abrasive brush will get into hard to reach places where other techniques won't. Don’t apply too much pressure because you don’t want to refinish the stainless steel.

Step 4

Sand the scratch thoroughly. Work in the direction of the stainless steel grain to blend the scratch with the surface. Work until the scratch is gone. Keep the stainless steel wet while you are working.

Step 5

Rinse the area with clean water and dry it thoroughly.

Step 6

Apply a dime-sized amount of olive oil to the stainless steel surface. Work to polish the stainless steel and make it appear shiny. Remove excess oil with another clean cloth.

Step 7

Use a rotary tool with a buffing head accessory for "like new" shine. Dab some buffing compound or automobile polish, available at any hardware store, onto the buffing head and begin polishing the stainless steel. The speed of the rotating head will give a mirror like shine to any stainless steel item. This is an especially effective method for intricate patterns that were cast into the surface. Once polished, wipe off with a damp cloth.


Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 10:42 AM
Joined: 05/09/2008
Posts: 33

Hi, thanks everyone for the tips! However since we have to polish the anchor pockets of a 62m yacht -and almost the whole surface is scratched- a battery powered rotary tool will take to much time. We already did a lot of grinding and wet sanding, but still looking for a buffing solution.

Basically what I am looking for is a hand-held and air-powered (to prevent electrocution) version of this:

I found this tool online which looks promising:

I will see if I can get one like this in Europe for a reasonable price. Anybody any experience with a tool similar to this one?

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 5:50 PM
Though this is a bit late, and not entirely what you're asking for, if the anchor or pocket is hugely tarnished, I have found that Oxynet is actually pretty quick at bringing it back to shiny stainless. Apply with a clean rag, and rub until clear. Polishing is necessary afterwards to prevent the Oxynet from eating away at the steel itself.
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