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    Default Scratches in the syrup pan

    Wonder if anyone out there has ever experimented or successfully removed scratches from their syrup pan. Looks like some kind of rotary tool was used to clean my pan before I bought them. It put swirl marks in a couple of the bays which tend to build up with nitre faster than the other parts. Iím not afraid of trying to polish these out but looking for some advice if anyone has done this before. A brand new front pan is over $1000 so if I can make this one better for now I would be happy. Thanks
    2x8 Smokey Lake Silverplate raised flue
    Around 250 taps mostly on 3/16" a few on buckets and 5/16"
    Lean-to for the sugar shack with temporary walls for now
    Chainsaws, wood splitter and tractor for more good times

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    Just a guess, but I'd try a high speed (10,000RPM+) and use about 3000 grit to start, finish with 6000 or even 8000 grit.
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Will hold about the same for 2021
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    Maybe try a micro mesh kit. Similar to what Maple flats suggested. Most kits provide 1500 to 12,000 grit. Slow process but works well.
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    I do have some pieces of mirror finish I can practice on. Itís worth a shot.
    2x8 Smokey Lake Silverplate raised flue
    Around 250 taps mostly on 3/16" a few on buckets and 5/16"
    Lean-to for the sugar shack with temporary walls for now
    Chainsaws, wood splitter and tractor for more good times

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    not sure if this will help at all but, if you go online and look up polishing dump truck body, there are people who take the most beat up scratched stainless truck bodys and bring them back to a mirror finish, might be some vids on you tube you can check out

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    My last repair job was to replace a fitting on a finishing pan. As a last step in the process the welder buffed off all the scratches and heat dis-colouration using a green buffing compound which left a mirror finish. Basically the same compound I use on a felt buffing wheel to remove grinder marks and put a mirror finish on a a wood chisel or plane blade. I buy it at Lee Valley Tools and a little goes along way. The fine abrasives are inbedded in wax so clean up is easy.


    Veritas Honing Compound
    Item 05M0801, Green Honing Compound, 6 oz

    https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop...d?item=05M0801

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    Getting ready to try and remove scratches in my syrup pan. Will be using variable speed sander and fine grit flap discs. Will take before and after pics and try to post.Be careful if you use polishing compound inside of pan, I cannot find any food grade ones.
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    those ideas all sound good and it's a great idea to test it on some scraps of ss.
    Last edited by maple flats; 01-24-2021 at 11:28 AM.
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Will hold about the same for 2021
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    Sound good. Let ya know how I make out
    2x8 Smokey Lake Silverplate raised flue
    Around 250 taps mostly on 3/16" a few on buckets and 5/16"
    Lean-to for the sugar shack with temporary walls for now
    Chainsaws, wood splitter and tractor for more good times

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    Pan.jpg This is after 2 different grits. a few small scratches left, but smooth to the touch.
    5th generation
    2 1/2 Buckets
    752 gravity
    2 new flat pans. Back pan now has 16 V's
    Rebuilt the block arch 3x12
    Homemade pre-heater,steamhood,float
    MES Dolly RO

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