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gsrokmix 02-02-2004 03:13 AM

Dremel tool for polishing trim?
Hey guys,

I was thinking about buying a Dremel 10.8 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Rotary Tool and was wondering if anyone has used one of these (or the corded version) to polish stainless or aluminum trim? The speed is 5,000 to 35,000 rpm and I am afraid that at the lowest setting it still may be too fast. I was hoping to use it on the grill on my 66 Malibu as well as other odd shaped parts that would be hard to use on the buffing wheel.

Thanks as always!


302 Z28 02-03-2004 04:56 AM

I think the battery powered one will not last very long before it needs a recharge. I would spring for the 120v model.


gsrokmix 02-05-2004 12:45 AM

They claim that the 10.8 volt cordless unit will go for 3 hours before recharging. I am still debating about getting one anyway. I just got a Millermatic 175 MIG welder and am excited to start working with that.



deuce_454 02-05-2004 02:10 AM

if you are removing the trim then a big rotary polishing/buffing wheel is FAR supperior i dont think a dremel will polish better than you can do manually (i actually think youll be better off doing it by hand)

302 Z28 02-05-2004 06:53 AM

I would buy a cheap bench top grinder from HF and put a polishing wheel on it. It will have a lot mre umph than a Dremel.


paperairplane 02-05-2004 07:11 AM

I have polished some small parts on my bike with a dremel and the only problem I have had is the polishing wheel on the dremel makes a fair amount of heat. When polishing a bigger piece of aluminum it's not a big deal... also, b/c of the nature of the dremel, if you are working on some pieces the dremel can kick a little and if the shaft hits the piece you're working on, it will gouge it. That's annoying.

Cordless is fair, I have a 18v cordless drill and it is good for about an hour of light polishing before the battery is too slow to be useful.

A vise and some bench mounted polishing tools will be in the garage before I do much more polishing work. 02-05-2004 08:58 AM

Dremel rotary tools are really intended for toy and hobby applications. Not enough power to do the job on all but the smallest automotive work. I have one that I use all the time in my model making but rarely take it out to the shop to work on cars. For small car jobs requiring portability, I use a small 1/4" air-powered grinder from Harbor Freight, about the size of the Dremel but many times the power and can modulate speed. Will easily handle 2" diameter buffs that would stall a Dremel. For off-the-car, serious polishing (recommended for stainless trim - that stuff is pretty hard and needs some serious power to do a good job) I use an old 3hp, 3600rpm, stand mounted, swimming pool pump motor. This can handle the 10" x 1" buffs without stalling and will quickly tackle everything from stainless trim to intake manifolds, to aluminum tranny cases without raising a sweat.

deuce_454 02-05-2004 11:29 AM


daimon1054 02-05-2004 02:28 PM

The battery tool is what I bought for my son as a toy and they is about all it is.

If you have a bench grinder pull the guard off and buy a buffing wheel and compound.

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