Metal Polishing FAQs

What is metal polishing?

Polishing enhances the looks of an item and removes oxidation (tarnish).

Polishing and buffing are finishing processes for smoothing metal surfaces using an abrasive and a work wheel. Polishing is usually a multistage process. The first stage starts with a rough abrasive and each subsequent stage uses a finer abrasive until the desired finish is achieved.

When Buffing there are 2 types of motions:

The cut motion is designed to give a uniform, smooth, semi bright surface finish achieved by moving the item against the rotation of the work wheel and applying pressure.

The colour motion gives a clean, bright, shiny surface finish by moving the item with the rotation of the wheel and applying only a light pressure.

When polishing brass, there are often marks in the metals caused by impurities and sometimes it is not always possible to completely remove them.

What can be polished or restored?

At Delway we can polish most metals such as brass, copper, silver, stainless steel and aluminum. Metal items such as bathroom fittings, tapware, light fittings, beds, ornaments, handrails and kitchen sinks can all be rejuvenated to look like new again. We also polish car & motor bike parts, cookware, church brass, silverware, architectural metalwork, basically all metal items can be restored by Delway.

Do you apply a protective coating to prevent tarnishing?

Once the item has been highly polished Delway can apply a protective coating to inhibit tarnishing. This is either a lacquer finish or powder coating clear.The lacquer is a clear varnish which dries by solvent evaporation and a curing process to produce a hard, durable finish. Powder Coating is an advanced method of applying a painted finish to a wide range of materials. Powder is applied with a specialised electrostatic gun and then cured by oven baking to form a tough and extremely durable finish. Delway has a range of protective coatings to suit all applications, whether it is for an environment by the sea or undercover indoors.

What finishes are available?

We offer a range of finishes which depend on the base metal. Our finishes include highly polished, satin, aged brass and linished. Linishing is a process used to produce a brushed finish for stainless steel. We also offer a range of powder coated colour finishes and electroplated finishes such as gold, copper & chrome.

Do you polish church brass?

Yes, Adelaide is the city of churches and we are the polishers of church brass in Adelaide. Thuribles, Tabernacles, Lecterns, Crucifixes, Candelabras, Candlesticks, Votive Candle Stands, Lamps, Bells, Plaques and Signs are just some of the articles we have polished in the past. We also repair and replicate pieces. See the polishing gallery for examples of our work.

Do you polish army belt brass?

Yes. Get your belt brass polished or gold plated and have it looking perfect for your next inspection or parade. The cost of an eight piece set is $50. See the polishing gallery for an example of some finished pieces.

Can you refurbish brass plaques and signs?

Yes. We offer a complete restoration service so not only can we polish the sign we also can re infill the lettering. See the polishing gallery for examples of our work.

Can you restore brass beds?

Yes. We can polish the brass and coat the brass parts, powder coat the frame and can even extend the base from a double to a queen for example. All beds are different and the variety of finish combinations is endless, it is all up to personal choice and what will suit your d├ęcor. You are not limited to keeping the same look of the bed. It is not uncommon for us to change the look of a brass and ivory bed to a more modern day look of black and chrome.

Do you have a display of your work and finishes?

Yes. We have a full showroom dedicated to what we do. Come in and see our range of finishes, samples and examples of our work.

How much does it cost? How long does it take?

We would love to give you an exact idea of time frame and cost however every job is different. Pricing depends on a number of factors including the work involved, the size and condition of the article. To get a quote either call in to our showroom with your article or email us some photos with your details and details of the article. We can provide ball park figures and time frames over the phone so give us a call for an idea to get you started.

How can I tell if my item is made of brass?

To determine whether the article is brass use a fridge magnet to test the article. If the magnet attracts it is not brass, the magnet will not stick if it is brass. If the article is not brass Delway can still refurbish it for you as there are other options in our electroplating and powdercoating finishes range. 

Where is your polishing done?

Here at Delway in Adelaide. Our factory and showroom is located at 30 Conmurra Avenue Edwardstown South Australia. We run our own polishing, linishing and coating departments. This ensures we control the whole process in order to produce high quality work with quick turn around times. If you would like to learn more about the process and see it in action, ask us for a tour. We regularly host groups and welcome you as our guest.

What other services are available?

Fabrication of most metals. Silver soldering and repairs.

Sandblasting and powder coating of a large selection of colours.

Electroplating: gold (antique brass), nickel, chrome, satin chrome, copper, florentine bronze, zinc and silver plating.