Arts and Crafts Tips – Cleaning and Buffing a Solder Project

Cleaning and buffing your finished soldered pieces takes some patience, but it is an important last step. If you’re creating a number of soldered pieces, you may want to finish them all and wait for them to cool. Then you can clean and buff them all at the same time and not have to keep shuffling your supplies around.

If you haven’t done the soldering yet, you’ll want to read “How to Solder ” first.

Cleaning Your Soldered Project

Once the soldering is done, it’s time to remove the excess flux and let the solder shine through. Burnt-on flux can be difficult to take off, but it’s definitely worthwhile.

Required Supplies:

  • Flux cleaner
  • Soft cloth


  1. Pour a generous amount of flux cleaner on your cloth and vigorously rub the solder and any areas with flux on them.
  2. With a little work, you should be able to to remove most of the black residue.

Buffing Your Soldered Project

Buffing your project is the step where the true magic happens. This will bring out the shine in the solder and make your piece truly pop.

Required Supplies:

  • Metal polish
  • Soft, cloth
  • Rubber gloves (optional)


  1. Apply metal polish to the soldered areas of your project and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
  2. Using a clean cloth, remove the polish and buff the project until it shines.

Tip: Rubber Gloves can help protect your hands from the polish.

Need help with the actual soldering? Learn how to solder your arts and crafts projects .