ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 3 large sizes

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

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 3 large sizes

ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 3 large sizes

Item # 1205
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$67.95 $64.55

ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 4 small sizes

ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 4 small sizes

Item # 1848
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$31.80 $27.03

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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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Product Instructions

ColorTone Polishing Compound Instructions

Directions for using ColorTone Polishing Compounds and Swirl Remover.

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ColorTone Polishing Compounds, Set of 3 large sizes

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Best I've ever used

By Dan Carey from RI
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 25, 2014

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

Shine on!

By Gabriel's Guitar Repair from Dallas, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 13, 2014

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.

Scratch Remover and High Gloss Finish

By guitarwoodrat from Cumberland Gap, Tn
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 17, 2014

Great for removing scratches and getting that Scratch free high gloss factory looking finish. Great for restoring an old finish without taking away from the value of high dollar instruments.

Swirl Remover for me.

By J. Masters from Palm Bay, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 07, 2014

Swirl remover takes a good bit of elbow grease to help remove swirls in glossy finishes, but it works in the end. Heck, I've even used this stuff and the Stew-Mac foam polishing pads to buff out an inexpensive, but much-loved guitar's satin finish to a semi-glossy look, and it did a great job of that. Then I used the mostly used-up foam pad and the swirl remover to polish and take the haze out of the headlights of my two daughter's older cars so that the lights show much more road at night. So I very much got maximum use out the swirl remover and a foam polishing pad.

Quality Swirl Remover

By Mack L. from California
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 15, 2013

Works and you can buy in large or small! Your finishes need this for the ultimate shine.

Better than old world concoctions!

By Bob Benedetto from Savannah, GA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Once in a while I finish with varnish and enjoy hand-rubbing to the final sheen. I find ColorTone Polishing Compounds every bit as good as any old world concoction ... and they are easier to use! Whether you are an experienced finisher or a novice, ColorTone just removed the guess-work from the rubbing and polishing process. A great product! Bob Benedetto

The Best

By Blackplates from Aberdeen Md.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 22, 2013

All the color tone products Ive used have been 1st rate. These polishing compounds are mind blowing. I had never hand polished a lacquer finish until recently. I wanted the headstock overlay of a Gibson guitar im working on to have a "vintage" worn look so when it came time to rub it out I used some fine grit color tone compound and a cotton rag, for no morethan 5 minutes. No Dice! It looks like it was rubbed out on an old Clarke pedestal buffer. amazing. Don't worry if you don't have the space or the dollars for a pedestal buffer. You don't need one.

Awesome stuff

By Hagdaddy from Riverton, WY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 27, 2013

This was a project I took on for one of my wife's students. He's the poor college boy but talented and had this Fender 5/12 with a hole in the back and overall ratty condition. He loves the instrument and though it's a $100.00 axe I thought it would test my ability to repair it on a budget. I struggled with the finish as I don't have a spray booth but this stuff made all the difference. After progressing to a 2000 grit paper I used the fine and swirl remover compounds and a foam pad in a hand drill I was able to produce a great mirror like finish. This stuff is probably a must for finishing any guitar to an acceptable level.

Polishing compounds

By Allen Arnold from Terrell, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I bought these compounds to finish my first telecaster guitar and they were easy to use and the results were good.

Works like you would hope!

By SteveCartwrigh from San Jose, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 15, 2013

I just got a brand new reissue strat (one of those with the soft vintage lacquer finish) and promptly took a chunk out of the back corner with my belt buckle. I filled in the ding and sanded with graduated sanding pads -- but no matter how much I worked, the spot was still visible due to the sanding marks. I order the fine swirl remover. I tried it very lightly for about 10 seconds just to make sure I wouldn't damage the soft finish any more than I already had -- and the repaired area was magically indistinguishable from the rest of the guitar! This polish restored the mirror-like finish and removed all sanding and swirl marks. Unbelievably great product!

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