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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Medium, 1.65 lb. jar

Medium, 1.65 lb. jar

Item # 1202
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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Fine 1.65 lb. jar

Fine 1.65 lb. jar

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Swirl Remover, 16-oz. bottle

Swirl Remover, 16-oz. bottle

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Coarse, 4-oz. bottle

Coarse, 4-oz. bottle

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Medium, 4-oz. bottle

Medium, 4-oz. bottle

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Fine 4-oz. bottle

Fine 4-oz. bottle

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds Swirl Remover, 4-oz. bottle

Swirl Remover, 4-oz. bottle

Item # 1847
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ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 4 small sizes

Set of 4 small sizes

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 3 large sizes

Set of 3 large sizes

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds

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The final step for a beautiful finish. Available in shop-size containers, or in 4-ounce bottles for smaller jobs.

A customer described it best: ColorTone® polishing compounds make the magic happen! Used by hand with a soft cloth or with foam rotary polishing pads, they transform a fine-sanded new finish into a dazzling high-gloss surface you can be proud of. ColorTone compounds remove fine sanding scratches on instrument finishes and plastic pickguards, with no silicone residue to hamper future refinishing.

If you're final-sanding a new finish with 600 to 800-grit papers, begin the polishing sequence with Coarse compound. If final sanding is done with 1200-grit, start with Medium compound. Fine compound follows Medium when a super-high gloss is desired.

Swirl Remover applied with a foam rotary pad removes buffing marks and extremely fine sanding scratches on fresh finishes. It can also be used by hand to bring out a higher lustre on new or aged finishes.


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Instructions

Product Instructions

ColorTone Polishing Compound Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Polishing Compounds and Swirl Remover.

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ColorTone Polishing Compound Swirl Remover

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Works to some degree but no miracle.

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WORK GREAT!

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I BOUGHT THESE TO FINISH UP MY KNOCK OFF STRAT AND THEY WORKED GREAT WITH MY FOAM PADS AND ELECTRIC DRILL. STILL HAVE SOME LEFT FOR MY NEXT GUITAR PROJECT.

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Great Stuff

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Works so well.. pity it isn't available in Oz...costly to send from the USA... but worth it...

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One two punch on dark finishes -- HOW TO

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I have a Taylor 714ce with a burst finish. Bottom line -- dark colors show lots of scratches if you're not careful with cleaning and polishing. It's easy to temporarily wreck a dark finish with an improper application of a "swirl remover" even -- I've done it in the past. So when performing periodic cleanups throughout the year I like to carefully polish the top. The Swirl Remover with the drill-mounted foam polishing pads works great for removing the scratches from periodic wipe downs, light scrapes, etc. Following it up with the Preservation Polish though actually polishes even more of the ultra fine scratches that are left by the Swirl Remover but that are only really visible on dark finishes. There is either a a very, very fine polishing agent in the Preservation Polish or it provides the foam polishing pad just the right amount of lubrication to further polish the finish to near perfection using the friction of the foam itself. In between the Swirl Remover and Preservation Polish I use only a clean microfiber towel to remove the residue from the Swirl Remover -- make sure you get it all off. After the Preservation Polish I also use another clean microfiber towel to wipe down the remaining residue.

So, my tips on dark finishes:

1. Swirl Remover with foam polishing pad on drill
2. Wipe down with microfiber
3. Preservation polish with another foam polishing pad
4. Wipe down with another clean microfiber towel

MOST IMPORTANTLY THOUGH, USE LONG EDGE-TO-EDGE CONTINUES SWEEPING MOTIONS AT ALL TIMES. If you stick around in any one area with tiny movements it will leave much more noticeable lap lines in just that area that really stand out on a dark finish.

Don't bother trying to hand apply on a dark finish. You will most likely end up with very random, inconsistent polish lap lines everywhere that aren't very appealing.

The right lighting helps. Your hard work might look great under dim lighting to only look very lacking when you get it into a bright room or even outside.

A true random orbital buffer is the best "home" approach on any dark finish but they're REALLY hard to use on a guitar top without smacking into things. This will give you the least noticeable lap lines though.

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polishing compounds

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First attempt for polishing ,used with foam pads on my power hand drill,the result is nearly thats I expected ,maybe a little bit too slow speed during polishing but satisfied and smooth feeling.

5.0

My Martin CEO-7 is beautiful, once more

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There must have been some grit on the soft cloth I use to wipe my CEO-7 with after playing, which left a haze of fine circular scratches on the top. After two application of Swirl Remover, the scratches were gone and the top and burst look perfect. A truly wonderful product !

5.0

Worked perfectly!

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I used the Medium and Fine polishing compounds and they filled the micro finishing papers' scratches with ease. I used two 3 inch foam polishing pads for each compound.

5.0

Good stuff!!

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Take your time and experiment with different pressures. Medium, Fine and Swirl remover made my Gibson headstock perfect! I was only trying to remove swirl and had to go to the Medium first to make that happen. I am serious about finishes and I am seriously impressed with this Stew Mac product! Small fast circular motions by hand (finger) worked very good for me. Little goes a long way, one drop per square inch. Too much and doesn't work too good. Seemed as if when it dried out a little is when magic happened. You'll know when to stop, it gets more difficult to polish, like the rag sticks a little.

5.0

Best I've ever used

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I've done numerous guitar finishes using the Swirl Remover as the last step and it's been great, especially when used with a cordless drill and the Stew Mac foam polishing wheels. I recently completed a Stew Mac Fiddle kit and WOW! what a perfect final buffing step when using the swirl remover. Quickly brings a high gloss to the finish

5.0

Shine on!

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I have used many different buffing compounds available from auto paint stores. This stuff is better, I like how the tubs are in a paste like consistency and does not go flying off when I use the foam buffer. I had debated and thought all compounds were the same but these are a higher quality. Something about the type of abrasive used, think micro mesh vs standard wet/dry paper.

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