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  • Polishing Pullman Tamper

    Im THINK I recall seeing a post quite some time ago by AngerManagement about re-polishing tampers.

    Unfortunately Ive had grandchildren living with us for a while and the 2yo had managed to grab my Pullman and drop, scratch, dent the highly polished bottom of it. >

    Question is... can I polish the polished surface and if so, how should I begin?

    Thanks guys,

  • #2
    Re: Polishing Pullman Tamper

    You could lap it Im sure. Its not a coating, its a solid piece of stainless. Have done this with heatsink bases before. The main thing is to use super fine wet/dry sandpaper, and stick it down on a hard smooth surface (like a piece of glass).

    Replace the word "heatsink" in this article with "Tamper" and you will have a good guide:

    Edit: found the posts you were referring to:

    Id personally take an "if it aint broke dont fix it" approach, and not bother unless the dents are bigger than a grind of coffee (relatively large compared to say, a scratch.


    • #3
      Re: Polishing Pullman Tamper

      This is an easy thing to do
      By doing this you have created a crude lathe

      1) Remove the handle

      2) Get a bolt that is the same thread as the thread in the base cut the head off and create a stud

      3) Screw and tighten the stud in the base

      4) Use a common electric drill and connect the stud in the drill bit

      5) Start/Spin the drill and use the finest wet dry sandpaper available and work from the centre out until satisfied with the result

      This method will give you the authentic original look



      • #4
        Re: Polishing Pullman Tamper

        Hi Shotgun,

        How badly is it dented? If its a surface scratch then the tips above will help, if its a serious dent it may require further surgery.



        • #5
          Re: Polishing Pullman Tamper

          A good way to ensure you get a flat surface is;

          1) Get a piece of glass or an old mirror;
          2) grab some emery cloth (sand paper for metal)
          3) Glue the sandpaper to the glass (you can get adhesives like contact, that are designed for sticking sandpaper temporarily. Woodwork suppliers should have it)
          4) Clamp the glass to the bench or clamp a couple of bits of timber to the bench to stop the glass moving around, or get some of that non-slip rubber stuff and put it under the glass.
          5) rub back and forth, stainless is going to take you a while though.

          I would use this technique for flattening the base of old wood planes I would pick up at swap meets.

          If it is worst than that, you might need to take it to a machine shop and get someone to put it in a lathe. If you were in Perth you could have dropped it off at my work, but I guess it is a bit of a drive