Our Process

It’s a common misconception that polishing is the same as “waxing” – however, they accomplish very different things! Polishing corrects surface imperfections (textured and/or scratched surfaces) by leveling the surface so light bounces off in straight lines. Waxing involves sealing a surface (and to some extent, filling imperfections) to prevent oxidization and corrosion – this is a temporary effect, however, because filling agents are often stripped away during washes.

Metal polishing is a multi-step process consisting of the use of consecutively finer sandpaper, buffing wheels, and polishing compounds to achieve the best possible results. The initial sanding steps are the most critical to the polishing process; however, many polishers minimize or eliminate these important (but time-consuming) steps to reduce costs, which typically results in sub-standard finishing.

Spectrum’s pricing includes all the necessary sanding and polishing steps to achieve excellent clarity and finish quality. Reducing sanding or polishing stages is not our preferred practice, but we will work with our customers to meet their budget requirements.

Show-quality finishing, in contrast, can take significantly more time and materials than even our standard process - please discuss your budget and requirements at the time of booking to help us ensure we will have the necessary time to complete your project.

Multi-Stage Sand

Levels textured, scratched, and pitted material for to produce a flat canvas.

Heavy Cut

Sanding marks are "cut" out with firm buffs and aggressive compounds.


Depth and clarity are added with medium compounds and buffs.

Mirror Finishing

Ultra-soft buffs and fine compound produce a deep, glossy mirror finish.

It’s important to keep in mind that use of aggressive (high/low pH) chemicals like acids, degreasers, and road salt can cause metal to etch or oxidize, which will change the physical structure of the polished surface and reduce clarity. In addition, contaminated brushes and cloths can cause scratches (especially on soft and sensitive aluminum or brass), which will reduce the smoothness of the polished surface and increase the likelihood of chemical contaminants oxidizing it.

Spectrum takes pride in using high quality polishing compounds without fillers to provide the brightest, clearest, and longest lasting shines possible but we cannot take responsibility for – or warranty finishes – once they leave our shop.

Meet our Team

  • Kevin Drinkwater

    Kevin has over 35 years of business experience in international marketing, sales, logistics, information technology, projects, and executive management for a multi-national mining company.

    Kevin is the majority owner of Spectrum and is primarily responsible for financing and business development.

  • Stephane Touchette

    Stephane joined Spectrum Alberta in November 2018 and brings with him decades of experience in metalwork. Working as a “Finisher” at MetalBoss Technologies, Stephane has all but mastered the arts of metal refinishing, utilizing a wide range of hand and industrial tooling to achieve beautiful finishes on aluminum, stainless steel, brass, copper, and titanium.

  • Chris Drinkwater

    Chris brings with him skills and a broad education in business management. Chris is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business, inventory, supply-chain development, marketing, payroll, and human resources. Chris works closely with Stephane and his team to source, customize, and test the highest quality polishing tools and materials available.