Pinewood Axle Polishing DIY Kit

One of the key steps in making your Champions is turning those ugly BSA nails into race worthy axles.  For the DYI is we offer the Pinewood Axle Polishing DIY Kit that has all the parts to make mirror like finish.  Having the right tools makes this job a very easy process. Enough stuff in here to do quite a few axles.

Proper polishing technique includes light filing for removing burrs, light wet sanding to reduce friction, and proper final grit selection based on type of lube allowed by your rule set. A polished axle will be solid steel without a protective zinc coating. Be sure to seal the newly polished surface with some sort of rust protective wax / sealant to ensure they do not rust.  Most stop at 3K grit.  However there are a few that like to take it as high as they can go.  Our kit offers up to 14k grit polish when you use the diamond polishing compound.

Final overall goal for axles should be to give the PWD wheel a surface to spin on with the least amount of friction. Attention to polish, amount of axle that touches the wheel, and lube will help produce a fast Pinewood Derby car. Just remember axles are only one part of the other factors needed for making a fast pinewood derby car.

Everything needed to POLISH axles.  First step to polishing is straightening out your axles.  Please don’t forget this step.  Straighten axles with a Pro Axle Press.

Pinewood Axle Polishing Kit Parts

  • Wet Dry Sandpaper 400-10000 grit
  • Barrette Axle File – Fine Cut, 5 1/2″ in length
  • Derby Dust Final Axle Polish 1 gram
  • Heavy Duty Cotton String to apply Final Polish
  • Strip of white T-shirt to clean off residue of Final Polish
  • Strip of Lemon Pledge wipe to seal the axle for graphite racing.

Although we would love to own every video in the Pinewood Derby World, we find that some people just have it done right from time to time.

Polishing a Pinewood Derby Axle

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Please read his description as we agree that he should have started off with 400 grit Pinewood Axle Sand Paper first.