fine polishing wood

HI I was lucky enough to get some good advice a little while back about various compounds for polishing wood, such as white diamnond carnuba wax, and tripoli. I forgot to ask, how should you apply these compounds? many thanks and best wishes to all, David
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various methods.
generally oils that are light enough to be absorbed into the wood are wiped on, and wiping it on with wet/dry sandpaper (wet sanding) leaves a really nice surface. some folks like to tank dip the piece, some even going so far as to use pressure/vacuum to get the oil to penetrate all the way into the wood. note that this can lead to loooong cure times....
wax is a wipe on/rub off proposition. if you want to power up the process a buffer will take a well sanded and sealed piece of wood to a mirror shine in no time flat, though there is a bit of a learning curve with the machine grabbing the work and flinging it across the room. good preparation is a must or you'll end up with pores filled with black gunk from the buffer that cannot be removed....
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dafyddw wrote:

If you're polishing with an abrasive then try Surbuf pads on a ROS. http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid693
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many thanks for all the help, that gives me some ideas to work with. cheers y'all David
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