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Old 07-12-2018, 07:38 AM
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I don't think it's been mentioned but you can do some planishing with a wooden or a leather faced slapper against a steel dolly. These softer materials will average out the highs and lows with less stretching. Also, Cass has talked about using a magnesium hammer or slapper to fine finish aluminum. The theory being that the magnesium tool being softer than aluminum, will slightly deform while rearranging the aluminum.

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Old 07-14-2018, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr fixit View Post
OK guys'

Planishing with the power tools I get, but hand tools for now is it, is it the same as the descriptions that you provide in the previous posts?
I'm going out on a limb and say yes just to a different degree and I will assume (we all know what that does) doing it with a hammer and dolly the hit strength and dolly control are what needs to be worked on to get the smooth finish I'm striving for.
Again appreciate all the comments and advice..

Mr fixit

Hand planishing -
without stretching - is best done with plastic over steel, leather over steel, wood over steel, non-ferrous over steel.
Lead slappers over steel/wood will shrink hard aluminum, nicely (2024 T3)
But I covered that in my old "Shrinking Magic" dvd .... 1995.

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