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Will be finishing with Behlen's Rockhard. Then, although Bob Flexner recommends 600, I guess I'll go with 1500 and 3000 - based on this thread http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f8/need-advice-rubbing-polishing-varnish-61342/ - which was very helpful even if there's not much consensus. Do I then go to a compound? If so, what? I see 3M recommendations but even there I find Imperial, Perfect-It and Finesse-It. Please advise.
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Will be finishing with Behlen's Rockhard. Then, although Bob Flexner recommends 600, I guess I'll go with 1500 and 3000 - based on this thread http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f8/need-advice-rubbing-polishing-varnish-61342/ - which was very helpful even if there's not much consensus. Do I then go to a compound? If so, what? I see 3M recommendations but even there I find Imperial, Perfect-It and Finesse-It. Please advise.
600 will help smooth it out a bit faster.

I would start with 600, 1000, then go to 1500 and you should be fine. Then I would use 3M Imperial Microfinishing compound followed by Finesse-It III, both on buffing pads.
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I never sand any finish with coarser than 1200 grit paper when rubbing out a finish. It just takes too much sanding to remove the scratches the coarser paper makes. Then I buff the finish with 3m rubbing compound with a 7" autopolisher with a lambswool bonnet.
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Personally, I'm not a fan of the 3M compounds. The dried compound that splatters all over the place is nearly impossible to clean up. I've been using Presta compounds for my automotive paint finishes for years. Sand to 1200 or 1500. The Ultra Cutting Cream first (takes out the sanding swirls) followed by Chroma 1500 for a high gloss. You'll find them at automotive paint stores.

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Rotten stone and/or pumice.

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