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Animal-Derived Ingredient Free polishing compounds for stainless steel

September 28, 2010


I was wondering if anyone knows of any polishing compounds for stainless steel, which are animal-derived ingredient free?

Thank you,

Donna Bender
manufacturer - Millville, Pennsylvania, USA

September 28, 2010

Hi, Donna.

I'm sure that you know exactly what you want and why; but some of us, because we haven't been told the why, are having trouble figuring out the what :-)

Must it be free of fish-oil? I imagine so, but am not sure how you define animal.
Do you consider beeswax binders to be animal derived?
Must it be free of diatoms such as diatomaceous silica polishing abrasives?
Presumably, petroleum, derived from ancient plant life and the very occasional dinosaur would be okay :-)

Please spend a few more sentences explaining the situation. Thanks!


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

October 1, 2010

Well in a nutshell living organisms are made of exactly what this rock we live on is made from. In fact if you took every living organism on the planet and popped it into a huge blender and munched them up and analyzed it you would find every element on the periodic table. We don't know exactly when life first appeared here but if the earth is indeed 4.5 billion years old as scientists speculate I think you would be hard pressed to find any atoms that have not been part of a living creature at one time or another. At least on or near the surface. On the other hand if you happen to be a creationist and believe that the earth is 6,000 years old well I guess finding a non animal product should be relatively easy as long as deceased organisms marked the atoms after use.

rod henrickson
Rod Henrickson
gunsmith - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

October 4, 2010

Unfortunately I do not know where to get them, but the only reason I am aware of for using non-animal based compounds is on products used in the pharmaceutical field. Seems that residues, even small amounts have an undesired effect on the pharma process, like 3-legged amebas. I would expect your customer could point you in the right direction using their supplier list.

Willie Alexander
- Colorado Springs, Colorado

October 18, 2010

Best to contact the manufacturers of the compounds. Jackson Lea will explain that what you refer to has not been used in quite a while in the compounds.

Robin Thede
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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