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O.T. Metal polishing bussiness


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Old 02-21-2005, 03:48:10 PM
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An older lady who lives near my work decided to sell her late husbands tools. When he retired he started a small business doing metal polishing. She said he stayed quite busy doing copper, brass and chrome and aluminum motorcycle parts. She offered me all the polishing equipment for cheap which included 3 big polishing lathes, hundreds of buffing wheels from 4" to 18" diameter, around 200 pounds of various compounds and all the small tools needed. I jumped on the deal because I wanted it for my stuff and I do have some experiance in the trade. I am thinking about starting a side job with this equipment but I am not sure how much work is out there anymore. I know at engine shows few people have there brass and copper stuff shined. Is that because there is no one to do it or because you guys like it dirty looking? Just wanting some other opinions before I go and spend a lot of effort and more money on this project.
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It sells better untouched so that the buyer can decide whether to wipe it down with oil and keep the patina, or make it shiney as brand new.
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I and my dad prefer the old patina look on brass. Keven
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Chris -

I don't know how much business you'd get from the engine hobby, but I'm certain that if you marketed the business (and yourself) aggressively enough, you'd be able to make a nice side business. Think of all the people who have any metal that might need to be shined - antique boat and car collectors, antique dealers, museums, private individuals (silverware), sporting clubs (trophies), gun collectors, steam engines collectors. You don't see a lot of business because 1) most people HATE polishing things 2) Those that need something polished don't really know who to ask...it's probably a hidden need. You already own the equipment, so go for it. It can only go one way...up.

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