Stripping a Show Girl (Stripping and Polishing a Yoyo)


#21

Anodizing of any kind on Aluminum serves as a protective layer on the bare metal


#22

I’m going to try polishing one if my raw yo-yos in the coming days, soanother question:

It doesn’t appear that there is much of a difference after you sanded with 600 grit vs the entire way down to 3000 grit. Is it really necessary to go beyond 600 grit? Has anyone sanded a yo-yo say to 1000 grit or less and still gotten a mirror finish after the polish?


#23

Oh you can get a pretty good shine with just up to 600 and the steel wool. It just looks better going up to 3000, the radial scratches are much less noticeable.


#24

Is the process any different for a side effect yoyo?


#25

A little bit, masking is a bit more difficult. I’d also recommend against stripping a SE yoyo if you can’t mask the hold for the side effects. They’re made with a tight tolerance and stripping the anodize can ruin that tolerance.


#26

Can’t you just use a side effect with axle and inner bearing as masking for the stripping step?


#27

I don’t think that’s a tight enough seal.


#28

Any good ways to mask for SE yo-yos?


#29

Not too bad for my first time, though still not perfect: there is room for improvement next time. I only applied the polish once and don’t have any wax. This detailed tutorial was excellent.

Dare I say my grail leveled up to a holy grail?


#30

Nice!!! Did it add any vibe? Looks great!


#31

No vibe at all. I masked the bearing post with an inner race of two bearings I took apart. Taking apart the bearings might actually have been the most difficult part of the entire process…


#32

I just polished it with a second coat and I can’t seem to take a picture without the glare


#33