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Watched a video on bowl turning and the presenter said not to use the white diamond compound on black walnut as you would leave white specs in the wood. I did not see any warnings in the beal instructions. I am ready to buff a couple of black walnut pieces. Has anyone had experience buffing black walnut with the Beal system? Is it a concern?
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The white compound will catch in the open pores and looks terrible. I use it but I finish my pieces with several coats of lacquer so the pores are partially filled and the white compound won't get in there.
ON walnut bowls I use a thinner finish and the pores are open so I don't use the white. Just use the brown bar and then the wax and you will be fine.
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The white compound will catch in the open pores and looks terrible. I use it but I finish my pieces with several coats of lacquer so the pores are partially filled and the white compound won't get in there.
ON walnut bowls I use a thinner finish and the pores are open so I don't use the white. Just use the brown bar and then the wax and you will be fine.
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Good to know -- thanks for bringing this to our attention (and thanks John for answering, of course)

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I should have also said that you can have problems with the Brown bar when buffing things like Ash and Oak. If you do this accidentally you can sometimes save the piece using a tooth brush and mineral spirits. I'm don't believe you need to ask how I know this.
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The white compound will catch in the open pores and looks terrible. I use it but I finish my pieces with several coats of lacquer so the pores are partially filled and the white compound won't get in there.
ON walnut bowls I use a thinner finish and the pores are open so I don't use the white. Just use the brown bar and then the wax and you will be fine.
Thanks John. The pieces I have to buff are pepper mills with a lacquer finish. I have 3 coats so I will use the white diamond.
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