Schaffner Mfg. Co., Inc.

21 Herron Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202 US



Buffing compounds are made of tightly-sized abrasives held together with glue or grease binders. Different kinds of abrasives are used for finishing various materials such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastic and wood. Buffing compounds are made for the two phases of buffing: "cutting down" and "coloring."

The "cutting down" phase is accomplished using compounds that contain aggressive abrasive materials. Applications requiring bright, high-luster finishes undergo a "coloring" buffing process that consists of buffing the surface with a smaller, sometimes less-aggressive, abrasive that brings out the material's natural color.

Schaffner Manufacturing offers a complete line of buffing compounds for any application. Our buffing compound selection includes:

  • Liquid Compounds are the emulsified forms of solid buffing compounds, and are water-soluble.
  • Solid Bar compounds are used in commercial and industrial applications, and are available in regular and hand-bar sizes.
  • Coloring compounds are available in a wide range of abrasive materials based on the amount of color desired in a chrome buffing operation. These color compounds are designed to provide luster and bring out the chrome's natural color.
  • Jeweler's Rouge, originally developed for the jewelry trade, is used for extremely fine color buffing to produce mirror-like finishes on chrome, stainless steel and carbon steel. It is also used on gold, silver, sterling, platinum and brass.

After buffing, there is often a residue on parts that must be cleaned off, especially those which need to be plated after buffing.

Our detailed explanation of buff wheel compound cleaning can expand your knowledge base and help you meet the specifications of every job more effectively than ever.

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Company Profile

Schaffner Manufacturing Company, Inc. designs and manufactures Flap Wheels, Buffing Wheels and Buffing Compounds for applications in the production of automotive & truck parts, motorcycles, aerospace components, plumbing fixtures, decorative hardware and cookware made of aluminum, brass, stainless steel and zinc.

Your Best Source for Customized Metal Finishing Products

FLAP WHEELSA flap wheel is made up of abrasive strips (flaps) radiating from a hub (center). Flap wheels come in many different shapes and sizes, with outside diameters ranging typically from 4" to 24".


Buffing wheels are the delivery mechanisms for apply polishing compound to items being buffed or polished.

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Schaffner Manufacturing Acquires Barker Brothers
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The correct peripheral speed is an important consideration in getting the right results from your buffing operation. A buff that is turning too fast or too slow may result in damage to the buff or to the workpiece.

Remediation in the brushing area

Better (and Safer) Buffing Through Chemistry
A switch to non-combustible compounds and pads eliminated a potentially explosive situation at a Loxcreen Aluminum Division plant...

Overview of Buffing System

Specifying Buffing Compound
Buffing is still regarded by many in the industry as being something of an art form. In today’s competitive industry, where customers demand precision and reproducible results, that mindset is a dangerous one. The shift of buffing—in our collective consciousness—from art to science might be facilitated by a better comprehension of buffing compound.

Product Categories of Schaffner Mfg. Co., Inc.

Abrasive Belts, Discs
Abrasive Blasting Materials
Abrasive Grain
Abrasives, non-woven nylon
Brushes, cleaning and polishing
Buffing Compounds
Buffing-Compound Applicators
Burnishing Compounds
Contact Wheels, abrasive belt
Dust Collectors, Dust-Control Systems
Felt Wheels and Bobs
Lathes, buffing and polishing
Lime, burnishing and polishing
Lubricants, polishing
Mass-Finishing Compounds
Mass-Finishing Media
Mass-Finishing Supplies
Polishing and Buffing Equipment, automatic
Polishing and Buffing Equipment, hand-held
Polishing Machinery, abrasive belt
Polishing Wheel Cement, glue
Polishing Wheels
Rubbing Compounds
Sanders, hand-held