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Stitched and Loose Cotton Mops

Step1:  Sisal mop with our PV/101 (cut & colour compound) green soap.

Step2:  Stitched cotton mop, again using the PV/101 green soap.

Step3 (if required):  Loose cotton mop with the PV/102 (finishing compound) polishing soap.

 

Tip:  When changing polishing soap make sure all of the previous compound has been removed with our Vienna Chalk (PV/103) before moving to a new mop for the finer polish.

To be able to mirror polish metals on a polishing lathe, you need to apply polishing soaps  / compounds to the metal surface.  The most common way to do that is with a cotton mop.

To create a stitched mop, a set of cotton discs are stacked in a pile and stitched together to meet the strength and hardness required.

The more tightly stitched the mop is, the harder, and therefore more aggressive it becomes.

For general purpose polishing, a stitched cotton mop is sufficient to give the brightness required.

For a higher gloss finish it may then be necessary to use a loose leaf polishing mop with either the same or a finer polishing compound.

Sisal is a natural fibre which was traditionally grown in Mexico and South America.  It has a high percentage of natural silicates in it’s construction which makes it aggressive and rough to the touch.  Those same characteristics make them excellent for the first stage of a polishing process.

Sisal is layered between cotton and built into a stitched mop.  The mop is then used with a cutting or with a cut and colour polishing compound to bring the first stage pre-polished finish onto a metal surface.