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Gold plate finishing? [message #13383] Fri, 04 June 2010 15:53 UTC Go to next message
avatar gibell  is currently offline gibell
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I've ordered a bunch of stuff with the gold plate finish, but they have not arrived yet. A friend received a bunch, and reported that the finish was "dull". Any tips on polishing up gold-plated items? One would have to be careful to avoid wearing through the coating, I would think.
Re: Gold plate finishing? [message #13384 is a reply to message #13383 ] Fri, 04 June 2010 17:15 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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I ordered mine the first day it was announced, and just received it yesterday. So it takes some time. I didn't find mine to be dull http://www.shapeways.com/model/118907/gold_heart_ring.html
I'll ask my Aunt tomorrow about polishing. She's a Jeweler. So I should have something for you Monday.

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Re: Gold plate finishing? [message #13435 is a reply to message #13383 ] Mon, 07 June 2010 12:18 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar GlenG  is currently offline GlenG
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All polishing for plated parts needs to be done before the plating procedure. The final shine will only be as good as the pre-plated surface condition and you will most certainly remove the gold if you use any abrasive materials coarser than a jewelers "rouge cloth."


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Re: Gold plate finishing? [message #13638 is a reply to message #13435 ] Sat, 12 June 2010 22:38 UTC Go to previous message
avatar euphy  is currently offline euphy
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The finish is no different than the stainless steel finish for the most part. The bit that gets cut off and polished where the brass sprue has gone in is a little duller than the stainless steel version, but overall it's not much different. And even though I say it's "duller", its not dull, just has a slightly different "satin" kind of quality to it.


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