This next finish is called a satin finish. Simply take your existing component and create a lightly scratched surface on it. You can do this a couple of ways; very lightly brush it with a fine S.O.S. pad, and then compare the difference between the original finish and what you have just created. If you prefer a deeper finish then press harder and continue until you achieve the desired effect. When you’re satisfied; proceed and complete the rest of the piece. If you have small crevices; cut a small piece of S.O.S. pad and twist, or wrap it around a cotton swab to get into the recessed areas.
If you want to take a brushed finished surface down to a high polish finish, you must use a lighter grade of emery paper in order to achieve a smoother look. You can even go all the way to a high polish finish and then perform your satin finish on the piece for a finished look.
If you are going to satin finish from a high polish finish, you can mix up the finish by using some great tricks. Use a piece of masking tape, and simply cut out a shape, or tape off an area that you do not want to satin finish and you will create a finish that will contrast fantasically with in the metal itself. This method is perfect for making a plain component your own.
This finish can be mixed together with pieces that have a high polish, satin finish, or any other kind of finish; such as hammered, that way your piece will have that extra stunning feature that makes it, truly a one of a kind.