Metal Polishing Myths, Half Truths and Lies
Exploding the 'one size fits all' myth (and a few others)
Many of the statements you are about to encounter are controversial and fly in the face of what is considered by many as good metal polishing practice. Some of these myths are perpetuated by the industry deliberately. Some are just common errors of
judgment. You will discover why brass and copper crack, and why some polishes will deteriorate by themselves in good environments. All will be explained. Be ready to see some interesting facts. Here is the inside story that the manufacturers don't want you to know.
- All Metal polishes are the same
- All metal polishes will protect
- All general purpose metal polishes are good on any surface
- Rapid acting liquid polishes are not as good as pastes
- All polished finishes have the same endurance
- All polished surfaces should be waxed or lacquered if you want it to really last
- All metal polishes can be used on components subjected to heat
- I want to protect my finish with carnauba so it will last longer
- You should never polish antiques
- If this polish is good enough for gold it's good enough for my chrome!
- Green rouge and white rouge are similar to jeweler's rouge
- All abrasives are aluminum oxide
- Regular polishing is the best way to protect
- Polishing in the sun is fun!
- Lacquered or clearcoated surfaces are easier to maintain
- Fine polishes don't cut
- A hard compound cuts better than a soft one
- A polish that is good on chrome will be good on stainless, or vice versa
- Brass, Bronze and copper polishes are all the same
- Stainless Steel doesn't rust, oxidize or stain
- All metals can be polished
- Environmentally safe and low toxicity polishes are safe to be exposed to
Every time we uncover another myth - it gets added to the list. Every time a new one gets added to the list we'll keep you informed with our Newsletters!