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Forum topic by toddbeaulieu posted 11-27-2015 11:29 PM 990 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2015 11:29 PM

Hello, wondering if anyone’s got any experience with a polisher for the last steps in finishing. I feel like my best finish so far involved paraffin oil, pumice grits and finally rotten. It was messy as heck, but came out really smooth. I’ve had a makita PV7001C 7 inch polisher in my Amazon wish list forever. It would be expensive with dedicated grit pads but if it were to give me great results.

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 12:05 AM

I made a living room set of end tables, sofa table, gentleman’s table, coffee table and a like sofa table for the big screen and its components out or premium select red cherry, I used gloss oil poly, then used the high polishing of Micro Mesh with mineral oil and mineral spirits 50/50, if you dont burn through the tops , they look perfect, the down side they look like plastic wood. Too perfect!!!!

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#3 posted 11-29-2015 09:24 PM

Try a Flex forced rotation polisher. Much better, and is great on cars (hard to burn through a finish with it, as opposed to a rotary polisher.

Just keep your pads separate if you are also going to use it on your car.

Flex XC 3401 Polisher

Significantly more expensive than the Griots (don’t get it, it’s not worth it. I would get the PC one instead if you wanted to go that route.)

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 02:27 PM

Wow, that Flex looks awesome, but it is SO expensive.

The PC … I didn’t realize that they had orbitals. I think I might get one of those. Have to look through the packages to see what’s what.


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#5 posted 11-30-2015 02:40 PM

If you already have a random orbital sander check to see if you can find a polishing pad for it. My Bosch ROS offers a polishing pad option.

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#6 posted 11-30-2015 02:43 PM

Yeah… I was using a ROS previously and destroyed the pad. Now that you mention it I’ve since upgraded sanders and haven’t been using that one. Why didn’t I think of that? I should just look into fitting that sander with a new setup. I’d also like to try soap and water because of the mess the oil makes.

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