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post #1 of 7 Old 01-01-2020, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Polishing compounds for wood?

Hi all, mostly new to woodworking, but i want to know, are there any colorless polishing compounds that wont stain my wood? I am polishing with a dremel. Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-01-2020, 08:36 PM
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welcome to the forum - what part of the country are you in ?

that is a very vague question:
what kind of wood ?
are these carvings or flat objects ?
is it raw wood that you are polishing or a clear finish ?
and - there is a difference between "polishing" and "buffing"
when you say "polishing with a dremel", that must be a very small project.
way more info is needed - plus photos if you have any.

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I’ve polished woods like ebony, rosewood and teak using regular compound or just oil. They’re dense enough that they won’t absorb the compound.

I’ve never polished softer woods; I’m not sure how well that would work.
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Polish the bare wood or finished wood? For bare wood, use Micro Mesh. Gets down to real fine grits.

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Polishing only woods on certain woods. Dense, oily exotics like the rosewood family respond pretty well to it, but if you're trying to polish maple I'd give up now. As far as what to use goes, a standard white compound (mistakenly called "white rouge" a lot, which translates to white red) on a soft closet wheel does the job well on my knife handles. I'd avoid felt wheels, you'll burn the wood before any sort of polishing effect

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I am surprised that nobody has mentioned pumice stone or rotten stone (rottenstone). I have seen it in small cardboard boxes in the woodworking stores. I asked about it, but never bought it or tried it for myself.
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pumice and rottenstone is merely ground up lava rock that you mix
with water to hand polish a hard film finish like varnish or lacquer.
I would never put it on raw wood. (and have never heard of it used on raw wood).
good thought, but I don't think it is recommended for raw wood as it must be
used in a wet paste fashion.
until the O/P comes back with more info, it is just speculation as to his projects.

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