Vibratory Finishing Compounds

A Deep Dive into Vibratory Finishing Compounds

Vibratory finishing is a manufacturing process widely utilized to improve the surface qualities of various workpieces. This process makes use of specially formulated compounds combined with vibratory finishing equipment. Here’s what you need to know about vibratory finishing compounds:

What are Vibratory Finishing Compounds?

Vibratory finishing compounds are specially formulated chemicals used in vibratory equipment to aid in the surface enhancement of a range of materials, including plastic, glass, wood, stone, ceramic, rubber, and more. They play a crucial role in deburring, edge breaking, and polishing applications.

Types of Vibratory Finishing Compounds:

  • Deburring Compounds: Designed for removing burrs from metal, plastic, or other materials. Deburring helps smooth out sharp edges, rendering the product safer and more aesthetically pleasing.
  • Polishing Compounds: Aimed at achieving a high-gloss finish, these are ideal for products that require a mirror-like surface.
  • Buffing Compounds: Buffing compounds help achieve a soft shine, especially on materials like wood or stone.
  • Cleaning Compounds: These remove oils, grease, and other soils from the surface, ensuring a clean finish.

Vibratory Finishing Compounds provide various benefits to your vibratory finishing process, they are:

  • Cleaning of dirty surfaces and brightening of various metals
  • Suspension of fines within the process preventing them from becoming re-deposited onto the media or into the part surfaces.
  • Create lubricity and cushioning during the process
  • Protection of parts from corrosion and oxidation

Below is a list of some of our standard Vibratory Compounds. Please contact us to order or for more information.

Liquid Compounds

Liquid compounds are the foundation of the modern surface finishing process. Thanks to their ability to remove contaminants such as metal and/or media fines from the process, they keep the components and the media clean and ensure a repeatable high quality mass finishing process.

Choose the right product for your application. This will guarantee that your solution is both economical and environmentally-friendly.

Recirculation Compounds

Recirculation compounds are formulated to provide a consistent process quality for every application and ensure long service intervals for the process water.

These compounds are best for use in closed loop water recycling systems but can also be used in flow through processes.

Grinding Pastes

The grinding process is particularly economical with grinding pastes in non-circulated processes. We have also have easy-to-use grinding pastes in powder form that are suitable for wastewater circulation.

Polishing Pastes

The polishing process refines, super finishes and produces mirror-bright, high polish surfaces. Polishing pastes are designed to produce the required surface finish, are environmentally-friendly and economical to utilize. In addition to pastes, we have also powdered products for use with re-circulation systems.

Mass Finishing

JC 212R

Mild alkaline general-purpose cleaning solution. Used for polishing, cleaning & general finishing. Contains a mild rust inhibitor, helpful in “Post Process” protection when dry.

JC 613R

Mild alkaline detergent for degreasing and deburring. Multi metal safe. Built-in short-term corrosion inhibitors. Can be used in recirculating applications.

JC 630R

Mild alkaline cleaner with mild burnishing properties. Built-in short-term corrosion inhibitors for in-process rust protection.

JC 680B

Steel burnishing compound with short term, built-in rust protection. Used also for Step 2 of Accelerated Surface Finishing process.

JC 830

Mild acidic burnishing compound. No diethanolamine. Produces a lustrous finish on copper, brass, aluminum, die cast and stainless steel parts.

JC 870L

Mild acidic burnishing compound. Can be used with steel media and capable of preventing corrosion of steel media overnight. Produces a lustrous finish on copper, brass, aluminum, die cast and stainless steel parts.

JC 880R

Near neutral cleaning compound. No diethanolamine, glycol ethers, or other solvents. Suitable for most metals, ferrous & non-ferrous, with short term rust inhibition.

JC 930

Heavy-duty detergent using new low foam surface active technology. Safe for steel, stainless steel, titanium & nickel alloys.

JC 940

Heavy-duty detergent with short term corrosion protection. Safe for steel, stainless steel, titanium & nickel alloys.

JC 1050C

General purpose water-soluble short-term corrosion inhibitor. Low foaming.

JC 1250N

Sodium Nitrite based water-soluble short-term corrosion inhibitor. Low foaming.

JC 1350C

High performance water-soluble rust preventative for short term corrosion inhibition. Specifically designed to provide humidity cabinet protection. Low foaming.


Highly concentrated – water soluble in process or short-term storage corrosion inhibitor. Prevents tarnishing and maintains brilliant appearance on polished parts. Suitable for aluminum, copper, and brass.

Accelerated Surface Finishing

JC 839L

Mildly acidic compound. Premium liquid product containing a blend of mild acids and surface-active agents to reduce the RA surface value on steel substrates.

JC 839L

Uses a two-step process sequence along with JC 680B.

JC 680B

Steel burnishing compound with short term corrosion inhibition. Used as Step 2 of the Accelerated Surface Finishing process.

Mass Finishing Product Selection

Chemical Makeup and Importance

The specific chemistry of vibratory finishing compounds can vary, but many contain surfactants, abrasive materials, and other chemicals that aid in the finishing process. Their primary goal is to accelerate the finishing process while ensuring that the desired finish is achieved uniformly across all workpieces.

Selecting the Right Compound

  • Workpiece Material: Different materials may require specific compounds for optimal results.
  • Desired Finish: Whether it’s deburring or polishing, choose a compound designed for that specific finish.
  • Equipment Compatibility: Ensure that the compound is compatible with the vibratory finishing equipment being used

Brands and Suppliers

Companies like Vibro Ltd, Chemtrol, and Vibra Dry are known in the industry for their quality compounds and equipment. Their logos, often representing trust and quality, can be seen on the products they manufacture.

Usage and Application

Vibratory finishing compounds are typically added to the vibratory finishing machine alongside the workpieces and media, like ceramic or plastic shapes. The vibration causes the workpieces, media, and compound to interact, resulting in the desired surface finish.


Vibratory finishing compounds, with their unique formulations, play an indispensable role in achieving the desired finishes on a wide range of materials. By understanding their applications and types, manufacturers can ensure that their operations yield high-quality, consistently finished products.

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