Bloodwood bowl in the making. I have 50 grit to 600 grit paper, #0000 steel wool, several grades of buffing wheels, rouge, oil etc. I just don't know the procedure.
That's one of my questions. What oil, if any, I should use. At a certain point I like too burnish with a handful of shavings from the lathe. The #0000 leaves a very smooth finish but can be a bear to clean up. Even tack cloth leaves some residue.More info needed. What kind of oil do you plan to use? I would skip the buffing wheel, rouge and steel wool. I always like sanding and finishing bowls on the lathe. If you start with 50 grit paper you will have to do a whole lot of sanding to get rid of the scratches it makes. I would start with 80 if possible. When you get above 100 grit I like to dampen the wood with water between grit changes to raise the grain. It makes the sanding more effective and opens the grain pores. Sanding to 600 grit the wood should almost have a shine to it without putting any oil on it. Depending on the oil you use let it dry and sand it between coats with the 600 grit. It will mudd up on the sandpaper but is worth it. Just keep oiling and sanding until you get the finish like you want it.
The Tripoli compound in the Beall buffing system does not contaminate the surface. You can apply whatever finish you want afterwards.All my polishing compounds are for metal also. I wondered if there might be a problem getting it off the wood after the polishing was done. I use 100# air, shop vac, and tack cloth for the swarf.