Has anyone here tried a product called "Meguiar's Scratch X" for doing
final polish on a project (e.g., instead of rottenstone)?
Based on threads here and a Google search I figured I'd try the
automotive polish route, and noticing that a lot of people recommend
the Meguiar's brand. I dropped into the local auto parts store
thinking "Meguiar's, how tough can it be?" Unfortunately, there are
about half a dozen products by that manufacturer.
This will be my first try at using an automotive compound. Yes, I'll
try it on a scrap piece first :-)
I use Meguirs Number 9 for polishing before waxing the car. The
Meguirs stuff is much finer than the amatuer brands you see on the
shelf. 3M makes some good stuff also. You may need to go to an auto
parts store that mixes paints to get the good stuff. The July/August
Fine Woodworking has an article on smoothing a finish.
n email@example.com (Nate Perkins) wrote:
I don't have experience with the Meguiar's product, but is it as fine as
rottenstone? As you're probably aware, rottenstone is a very, very fine
powder which should be used after a series of sandpapers and pumice powder
to remove the scratch patterns left by those grits. I recently used
rottenstone as the final step on a project, and it brought out a true mirror
shine. Not sure what you're going for, but I'd certainly suggest you try
samples of each first.
I believe you'll find most Meguiar's products to be the next step _after_
rottenstone. I've actually used the two together, in that order. Both produced
a mirror shine, but the latter became lighter and clearer.
Thanks to you and the others for the replies. I am not sure if the
Meguiar's is finer than rottenstone; I guess I'll need to try it out
on a scrap to see. Previously I, too, have been using rottenstone but
thought I'd try a change of pace. The rottenstone is great except
that it tends to be a little messy and is tough to remove from the
cracks -- it might be that the automotive polishes have the same
Automotive compounds do have this same downside. The newer 3M products
aren't as nasty as the older stuff when it comes to cleanup - they don't dry
like concrete the way the previous compound did. It's still a cleanup
Thanks, Mike. I might give the automotive compound a try on some
scrap, but it sounds like I'll probably stick with rottenstone for the
p.s. Thanks to all who posted a reply!
If I may throw a turd in the punchbowl the finishing gurus have found
Menzerna from Germany for the final steps as worthwhile. Check
www.homesteadfinishing.com for description.
On 21 Sep 2004 07:14:23 -0700, n firstname.lastname@example.org (Nate Perkins)
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