Cutting Compounds – Each compound is rated out of 10 for cut (10 being most stock removal ) and gloss (10 being the brightest mirror finish.)
Apollo – Tripoli Brown colour
7 Cut and 7 brightness
Aluminium, brass, copper, bronze, gold, silver, plastics (especially good on brass)
Abracut – Grey colour –
9 Cut 3 Brightness
Mild steel, stainless steel, titanium, cobalt chrome, iron
2468 – Brown
Very dry – good particularly on aluminium good cut and colour with a clean finish. suitable on all non-ferrous metals.
Menzerna 450g super cut – Grey
7 Cut and 2 brightness
All metals including aluminium stainless steel and brass.
Very clean compound to use.
Senior 4040 – Grey
9 Cut 2 Brightness
Greasier to use with high cutting power for all ferrous steels
Leaves a matt finish on all steel and stainless steel
Good surface levelling qualities on mild steel prior to nickel or chrome plating.
Apollo, 2468, Menzerna 450g super cut – brass, aluminium, copper, brass, precious metals – jewellery, gold and silversmiths, aluminium extrusions, pressings, cast items, fabricating, restorations,
Abracut, Menzerna 450g super cut, Senoir 4040, 3050, Titan – steel, stainless steel mild steel, titanium, superalloys, chromes, FOR: deburring, implants, pre chrome plating, brushed finishes, industrial equipment, fabricated sheet and bar, surgical implants, car components, aerospace, turbines, exhausts.
Generally Apollo is the best choice for Gold and Silver, economical and very effective it cuts well leaving a bright finish ready for polishing. Traditionally you would use Rouge next but Menzerna P175 or M5 is a great alternative for a cleaner bar to use and a premium finish.
Menzerna 456G is extremely popular and is a good option for all jewellery metals. The cut is excellent and the finish is very fine ready for a final buff with Menzerna P175 or M5.
For best results prepare precious metal to around an 800g finish with wet & dry paper or Micro-Mesh to remove file marks. If scratches can still be seen after polishing, go back a step and ensure the sanding stage leaves no scratches.
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