Polishing Titanium

As an expert in the finishing industry, RP Abrasives takes great pride in our ability to serve companies around the country with high quality services. Among the finishing services we offer is polishing, which can be tailored to the unique requirements of a wide range of metals and materials like stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, copper, brass, polycarbonate, polypropylene, and the metal we’ll be talking about today: Titanium! We will explore the titanium finishing process and offer information about how this service can benefit a wide range of industries and applications.
 
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What is Titanium Polishing?

Unlike titanium buffing, which uses a cloth or non-aggressive media wheel to tumble a titanium part’s surface gently, titanium polishing uses abrasives to smooth a titanium part’s surface in preparation for additional finishing services. These two processes are often confused, but titanium polishing comes first and utilizes tools like wheels, belts and abrasive media to rid the part’s surface of materials on its surface, much like how wood is sanded before paint or finish can be applied. After the titanium part has been polished, then additional finishing services like buffing can be employed to perfect the appearance and achieve the desired finish.

The Process of Titanium Polishing

Since the titanium polishing process incorporates finishing tools and an abrasive media in different ways, several different techniques can be used to polish the titanium part. Processes like mass finishing and tumbling, where multiple small parts are finished as the same time, and bead blasting, which incorporates tiny projectiles as an abrasive technique. The process recommended for polishing a titanium part will depend on several factors including the size and complexity of the part, the client’s specifications and application, and the number of parts to be polished.

Titanium Polishing For Every Industry

Since titanium is one of the strongest metals, it is widely used in an extensive range of industries. This fact makes titanium polishing a valuable and popular service for manufacturers who produce parts for automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturing, medical, and many other industries. No matter the size, shape, or desired finish of a titanium part, titanium polishing is the first step in preparing the part for additional finishing services.

If you have further questions about the titanium polishing process, or you’d like to find out if your part will be a good candidate for titanium polishing, contact RP Abrasives today!