Post by bw on Jan 2, 2018 0:40:48 GMT -8
I'm experimenting with a surface finish for the Catalina aluminum screen door. Although, I'm still in the process of rebuilding the main steel entry door for this trailer (will post an update soon), I took a brief diversion to work on the screen door. See photos below of the screen door, and then it disassembled into pieces.
I have a desire to "resto-mod" this trailer as kind of an experiment. The exterior may be painted a deep red, accented in a cream or white finish. I'm envisioning lots of polished aluminum, LED lights, chrome wheels and accents, bike carrier, etc. The interior may be hickory wood throughout, LVT plank flooring, stainless appliances, deep red countertops, flat screen TV, etc. I say "may" as I'm a long way from getting to those decisions so things can change.
Back to the screen door....
Knowing I'm looking for a resto-modern look, I thought I'd try to achieve a high polished finish on one of the cross members as an experiment. I initially used a polishing wheel with brown Tripoli compound. The result was a polished look, however all the surface extrusions, scratches, and imperfections were magnified.
In effort to get rid of the deep imperfections, I used a DA sander starting with 80 grit and progressed to 220 grit:
Don't worry about my health...I have a good downdraft table, so I wasn't breathing aluminum dust during the sanding process.
I then polished with the brown Tripoli compound and progressed to white Jeweler's Rouge for a higher gloss finish:
A couple of photos with the brown Tripoli:
A couple of final photos with the white Jeweler's Rouge:
As you can see, the process worked quite well and the final product is definitely the mirrored finish I'm looking for. However, my wife actually likes the sanded look better. So...I ended up with a couple of options to choose from. By the way, those lines in the background behind the phone is the reflection from my shop ceiling.
Any thoughts from the gallery out there??? I appreciate your input like always...