How to Polish a Steel Axe Head

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Steel axe heads can become worn and rusty over time like any other type of steel. The steel can become old and dirty-looking from being left outside, or just sitting in the garage. Instead of buying a new steel axe, one alternative is to polish the old one. Taking just a few steps to polish up your axe will have it looking brand-new in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • 80-grit flap wheel
  • Power drill
  • 120-grit flap wheel
  • Bench grinder
  • Sisal wheel
  • Polishing wheel
  • Metal polish
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Attach an 80-grit flap wheel to a power drill. Push the flap wheel into the drill and tighten it into place. Lay the axe on a flat surface and turn on the drill. Move it back and forth over the axe. Remove all of the rust and blemishes from both sides of the axe.

  • Remove the 80-grit flap wheel and attach a 120-grit flap wheel in its place. Go over the surface of both sides of the axe head just as in the previous step. Move back and forth over every inch of the axe head.

  • Set up a bench grinder on a flat and steady surface. Attach a sisal wheel to the grinder. Slide it onto the bit at the end of the grinder and tighten it into place by hand. Turn on the belt grinder and watch the wheel spin around in a circle.

  • Put the steel axe handle up to the wheel and hold it in place. The wheel will brush into it and buff out the surface. Move from top to bottom and one side to the other. Flip the handle over and buff both sides. Turn off the grinder.

  • Loosen and remove the sisal wheel. Replace it with polishing wheel. Tighten the wheel down in place and turn the grinder back on. Polish the axe handle just as it was buffed. Turn off the grinder. Set the axe handle down on a flat surface and apply metal polish such as Liquid Reflection or an equivalent. Squirt the substance into a microfiber cloth and spread it out over the axe handle. Scrub thoroughly on both sides for a mirror finish.

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