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Finishing is a metalworking technique used to smooth and flatten metal objects, creating a flat, even surface. It can remove seams, surface damage, and improve corrosion resistance. Finishing machines range from industrial to hand-held and can be used wet or dry. The finish can create a distinct texture on aluminum and eliminates the need for painting or powder coating.

Finishing is a type of finishing technique used to smooth or flatten metal objects. This process is similar to honing, but differs in key ways, including how it affects the look of the metal. Finishing is not only used to smooth and polish an object, but also to improve the overall flatness and create a flat, even surface. This process can be used to refine items ranging from tools to building materials and plays an important role in automotive refinishing and repair.

The primary use for finishing is to create a flat surface on the face of an object. For example, the finish can be used to smooth out a corrugated texture on a metal building board or to create a perfectly cylindrical metal tube. In this way, liners work in a number of dimensions and often work on metal beyond a two-dimensional plane.

Additionally, finishing techniques are used to remove seams and seams from metal that has been welded or fused together. It can also be used to clean up surface damage, including pitting, rust, or old coatings that are no longer needed. Depending on the metal, this technique can also add strength and improve the corrosion resistance of the item.

When used on aluminum, the finish creates a distinct finish with a satin, matte texture. This process gives the aluminum an attractive look and eliminates the need for painting or powder coating. Polished aluminum is often used to make furniture or wall cladding as well as jewelry and consumer goods.

Metalworkers rely on a variety of honing machines to alter or finish metal. These machines often look like a belt sander or grinder, but offer unique benefits. In factories and large workshops, an industrial finish can be used to finish large metal objects. These machines feature heavy-duty rotating belts so the metal can be ground against the belt surface. Many veneering machines offer multiple work surfaces so that users can do both edge work and surface or surface work.

For smaller projects, a hand coater may be sufficient. These tools feature rotating discs or rotating belts, but are often small enough for hand operation. Very small sanding hand tools can be used for small areas and fine sanding techniques.
All sanding equipment must be loaded with special sanding paper or belts. While these materials feel like sandpaper, they often feature a finer texture to meet the demands of delicate metalworking. Almost all finishing work can be done wet or dry, depending on the desired finish.

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