Barrelling is the most cost effective method of finishing high volume small parts. The materials that are suitable are acrylic, nylon but also wood and horn and even some die castings work well.
Our Emslie Fallows range are designed to work on barrels that slowly turn and slide the parts through gentle abrasive coated wooden media. The coating is achieved by using our special pastes or by an abrasive powder with binding fluid. The overall effect is gentle but over time can leave a beautiful finish.
Parts that suit the barrelling process well include buttons, spectacle frames, fasteners, clothing accessories, jewellery, toy and game parts.
It is a long process (each stage may be up to 24 hours) but after loading requires no operator input.
Depending on the initial condition and the required finish between a single and four stage process may be needed from roughing, smoothing, honing and polishing.
The media choice is dictated by the shape and weight of the part, a combination may be used to get best results. The cubes give the weight behind the finish and are ideal for low profile parts, where shapes are highly profiled they may need to be used in conjunction with appropriate pegs. The wooden pieces are made from long lasting hard wood that will last many years.
The following grades of polish and media are available - View Table >