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Forum topic by dakremer posted 10-12-2010 06:06 AM 2460 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2010 06:06 AM

I read somewhere tonight, that you can use Ajax (the powder cleaner) instead of pumice or rottenstone to rub out a finish…....have any of you guys heard of this? and if you have done this before….does it work???? (for a high gloss, rubbed out finished)

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 06:43 AM

I would not be surprised that you “heard” that somewhere!
Any type of abrasive will work. The type of abrasive and the “grit” is what is important! I too have used whatever is available because of cost! Not all products will give the same result. Are you willing to spend more time and muscle power instead of dollars?
I cannot say do not use it as I have never tried it. I have used other products and achieved the look I wanted! (at this point in my life I might ask why, but it worked!)
Ajax contains other things besides the abrasive (bleach), but do you want them on the piece you are trying to make into something special?
I have used ( and will continue to use) brown paper bags as a finish abrasive on the final coat in some instances!
(It works as well as 600 -1200 grit sandpaper and cost less!)

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 05:17 PM

I’d avoid it only because of the other chemicals in it. Why risk chemically damaging the finish just to save a bit of money on buying the abbrasive only.

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 01:51 AM

I have always used rotten stone and pumice with mote oil. That has all ways given me the best finish. For light rubbing I have used soft scrub ( no bleach ) that works very good for light duty. You must clean it up with denatured alcohol.

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