French Polishing class #6: OK - This was a mind opener..... Head to your Auto parts store!

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Blog entry by RichClark posted 03-05-2009 03:22 AM 1022 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK – This is so easy its silly

Run to your local auto parts store and buy you some type of “Swirl remover”
I picked “Mequiars SwirlX” and you put a dab on a paper towel and you rub it till It
starts squeaking (like ya ears – as my mom use to yell “I WANT THEM SQUEAKY CLEAN”)
then switch to a terry towel and repeat.. and you get this! Total time for a 8×12” surface was like
45 seconds? That is the piece that was the one I finished out “satin” in the pictures post. If you want better
level it with 1200 (just lightly sanding maybe 2-3 passes) and then do this. Be careful that your dont gouge out the finish with a lump of corn or something on your paper or towel. Well fix these next time same bat channel!

Were doing “making the wood look aged and how to repair” next and I am busy getting my samples ready.

Sorry this is sooooooooo short and sweet but it was… I was blown away with the results..

-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 04:58 AM

Auto polish is great for making mirror like finishes. I usually wetsand to 2000 grit, then use rubbing compound, then wax.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 03-05-2009 08:47 PM

pretty cool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-06-2009 06:04 AM

Great job. I’ve used 3M swirl remover with great success. You need to check for silicates. Some of the sutomotive products have that.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 03-06-2009 06:38 AM

At that point the finish is done..

(but I wouldn’t want to contaminate my shop with any Silicon.. huge head ache)

They don’t have a Ingredients list on the bottle (its a trade secret!) but I take care to keep it on the item I am rubbing


-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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