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So, as I guess some of you know too well, you use a tamper for a while, and then you start getting lots of very minor scratches on the tamping surface. I'm aware a lot of people here have expensive tampers, so am wondering if you guys ever polish them with any form of polish or maybe a jewellers cloth? Obviously I (and I'm sure many others) try not to put them down on hard surfaces, but sometimes I forget.

Just wondering what others out there do to maintain a mirror finish on the tamping surface, or if they'd recommend doing anything in particular as a preventative?

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22 minutes ago, Cooffe said:

So, as I guess some of you know too well, you use a tamper for a while, and then you start getting lots of very minor scratches on the tamping surface. I'm aware a lot of people here have expensive tampers, so am wondering if you guys ever polish them with any form of polish or maybe a jewellers cloth? Obviously I (and I'm sure many others) try not to put them down on hard surfaces, but sometimes I forget.

Just wondering what others out there do to maintain a mirror finish on the tamping surface, or if they'd recommend doing anything in particular as a preventative?

You know that lathe you were thinking of getting .😂 . You can get loads of polishing gear for that 👍

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8 hours ago, Nicknak said:

You know that lathe you were thinking of getting .😂 . You can get loads of polishing gear for that 👍

Damn really? I thought maybe a Dremmel with one of those polishing pads in the mean time?

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Mine have proved remarkably resilient over the years but I do have rubber tamper cups that I put mine in and have (no idea how) managed to train SWMBO and no1 daughter to use them.

That said, I would have thought that a metal polish and some elbow grease would successfully remove any light scratching.

In my experience the dremel paste + cotton heads, and the dremel silicon polishing wheel heads are actually quite aggressive and result in a mirror finish. Might be more annoying than a hairline scratch.

Let us know how you get on.

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I polished a KvdW tamper for a friend. I used a big cotton pad on a drill press with polishing paste. 

I use a Made by Knock black Heft 585 (I can't find it anymore on their website, but IIRC it is some treated black metal, not a surface finish, but it is sort of matte) and a Torr Toys Black DLC coated 58.4 tamper. I put them in (Motta) wooden holders to prevent scratching (works). 

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On 29/07/2019 at 22:01, Cooffe said:

So, as I guess some of you know too well, you use a tamper for a while, and then you start getting lots of very minor scratches on the tamping surface. I'm aware a lot of people here have expensive tampers, so am wondering if you guys ever polish them with any form of polish or maybe a jewellers cloth? Obviously I (and I'm sure many others) try not to put them down on hard surfaces, but sometimes I forget.

Just wondering what others out there do to maintain a mirror finish on the tamping surface, or if they'd recommend doing anything in particular as a preventative?

Had a go polishing my dull looking tamper .. Before and after .. or after and before 🤯

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57 minutes ago, Nicknak said:

Had a go polishing my dull looking tamper .. Before and after .. or after and before 🤯

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Ooh - looks like it came out nice - have you noticed less coffee grinds sticking to it after tamping?

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Just now, Cooffe said:

Ooh - looks like it came out nice - have you noticed less coffee grinds sticking to it after tamping?

Yes definitely 👍

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4 minutes ago, Nicknak said:

Yes definitely 👍

Definitely might have to have a go on it - did you use any specific polish on it or just a cotton pad? I polished(ish) mine with some microfibre cloth and it seemed to come out a lot smoother looking and reflective. 

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56 minutes ago, Cooffe said:

Definitely might have to have a go on it - did you use any specific polish on it or just a cotton pad? I polished(ish) mine with some microfibre cloth and it seemed to come out a lot smoother looking and reflective. 

I used polishing mops and several grades of compound sticks 

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I polished my Torr tamper.

I used some cheap pads that fit in a drill, Autosol and then Maas polish to finish. Turned out pretty well, it's not perfect but hard to make the camera focus on anything but the reflection now lol.

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12 minutes ago, Nick1881 said:

I polished my Torr tamper.

I used some cheap pads that fit in a drill, Autosol and then Maas polish to finish. Turned out pretty well, it's not perfect but hard to make the camera focus on anything but the reflection now lol.

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Hope you took the wood handle off🥴😂 . Good job ..... shows there is always a different way to get similar results 👍

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16 minutes ago, Nicknak said:

Hope you took the wood handle off🥴😂 . Good job ..... shows there is always a different way to get similar results 👍

Of course I did, I used the Torr one to hold it 🤣

The super special NickNak handle was carefully locked away from harm.

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3 minutes ago, Nick1881 said:

Of course I did, I used the Torr one to hold it 🤣

The super special NickNak handle was carefully locked away from harm.

It is now twin purpose 😎. You can also use it for checking how your bottomless extraction is going ..

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