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Buffing Compounds

Matchless' line up of cut, color, and cut/color polishing compound formulations is second to none; over the years we have developed and refined thousands of bar and liquid formulations. These compounds are used by manufacturers throughout the world to finish metals, precious metals, plastic, acrylic, wood and fiberglass.

To serve the medical and dental industries requirements, our compounds are all available in bovine free grades. As every customer's needs are different, our compounds can be tailored to your specific requirements.

All buffing compounds are comprised of abrasive particles and a binding agent. By varying these components, and selectively adding agents to aid in lubricity, color clean-up and shelf life, all manner of manufactured products can be finished.

In operation since 1885, The Matchless Metal Polish Company has been able to develop proven formulations to serve our customers' requirements. These time tested and more popular compounds are grouped below by category.

Compound for Steel

Steel / Stainless Steel

These compounds are typically made with aluminum oxides, alumina and rouges to achieve the desired cut, color or combination of the two. They are generally made to be used with cloth and sisal combination buffs, or with mill treat bias airway buffs. Some of the more popular compounds are:

PRODUCT CODE CUT* COLOR* HUE of COMPOUND COMMENTS
Solid Bar Compounds
SS9-105 9 6 Black Heavy cut - good on sisal
V533 7 7 Black Good intermediate
11B88 7 4 Gray Works with cloth or sisal
11B81 7 8 Olive green Less cut, more color
V410 7 7 Gray Cut, good with cloth/sisal
1B97P 4 8 White Good intermediate
V509 3 8 Gray "Graystar" - light cut, clear finish
Liquid Compounds
208 9 1 White Coarse cut, heavy stock removal
SC-422 8 2 Gray Satin finish to Mirror
11C64 7 7 White  
SC-432 6 6 White  

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Compound for Steel

Nonferrous and Tripoli Compounds

For the nonferrous requirement, Matchless offers a wide variety of abrasive products from classic Tripoli to calcined aluminum oxides and alumina, with varying degrees of cut and color. These compounds can be used for a wide range of materials and requirements. More popular compounds include:

PRODUCT CODE CUT* COLOR* HUE of COMPOUND COMMENTS
Solid Bar Compounds
4E80 7 4 Brown Sticks well to buffs; greasy
751EZ 6 6 Red/Brown Good all around non ferrous
41 SPEC 5 8 Tan Dry, with coloring agent
921 4 7 White Clean, high color
Z250 3 8 Pale green Fine cut, great for chrome, nickel
HF1 3 7 White A customer favorite
8B56 Blue 3 7 Blue Easy clean
Liquid Compounds
7A432 8 5 Brown Sharp cut for nonferrous
7A54XX 6 5 Brown Normal cut/color blend
VL391/1 3 7 Pale Green Fine cut, higher color
ZL250 3 8 Pale Green Fine cut, great color

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Compound for Steel

Rouges & Jewelry Compounds

Matchless offers a complete complement of rouges for the jewelry trade, and equivalent commercial grades for industry. For over 100 years, jewelers have trusted their craft with the quality and consistency of Matchless products. From the renowned Burns Red Rouge® through our Graystar, White Diamond®, and green rouges, our rouges enjoy an enviable reputation. All rouges are available in sizes ranging from one-quarter pound bars up through two and three pound bars, in either standard bars or rounds.

PRODUCT CODE CUT* COLOR* HUE of COMPOUND COMMENTS
Solid Bar Compounds
7WS 0 10 Red Burns Red Rouge
RR202 1 9 Red Red Rouge
W1 0 10 Green Green Rouge
Y86 3 8 Green Green Luster
V376 3 8 Gray Gray Star
3XXX 6 8 Tan White Diamond
743/G 2 8 Tan Tan Bobbing
PT131 1 8 Orange Platinum Rouge
Liquid Compounds
186R 0 10 Red Excellent on Brass - Rouge
LR202W 1 9 White White Rouge
LR203G 1 9 Green Green Rouge
LR222G 2 9 Green Light Cut -Green Rouge
LR222R 2 9 Red Light Cut -Red Rouge

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Compound for Steel

Plastic and Acrylic Compounds

Plastic compounds are made using rigidly graded silicas to ensure uniform degrees of cut and color. They are generally made with medium melt temperature greases for use with standard buffing wheels and lower melt point greases for use with wool or blend bonnet buffs.

PRODUCT CODE CUT* COLOR* HUE of COMPOUND COMMENTS
Solid Bar Compounds
PC301 8 2 Tan  
327C 7 4 Brown  
321C 4 7 Tan  
205W 4 8 White  
Liquid Compounds
LP C 7 2 Brown  
LP M 4 5 Tan  
LP F 1 7 White  
LP VF 0 9 Tan  

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Compound for Steel

Greaseless

Greaseless compounds use glue as the binder as opposed to tallow or wax. This feature, along with the uniform combination of desired grit size, yields a compound that when used in production, delivers a finished part which is clean and dry – very little if any further cleaning is required. Matchless's Tiger Brand Greaseless is available in paper tubes, or the more popular plastic bag. Grit sizes range from 60 to 400 grit**.

PRODUCT CODE CUT* COLOR* COMMENTS
UL T6 9 3 60 Grit - Deburring
UL T12 7 3 120 Grit - Deflashing
UL T18 5 3 180 Grit - Antiquing
UL T24 3 3 240 Grit - Blending
UL T32 1 3 320 Grit - Satin Finish

* On a scale of one to ten, ten represents the highest degree of cut or color.

** Available grits are 60, 80, 120, 150, 180, 220, 240, 280, 320, and 400.

Literature

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