A question for olhzimers...please try very hard to remember those good
ol' days of great books and hand finishes (careful now!).<g>
30+ years ago, I used pumice slurry and a polishing compound commonly
called plumber's rouge on select furniture and cabinet finishes. Got
away from woodworking for these many years and just now beginning to
So, what happened to plumber's rouge and powdered pumice/ rottenstone?
Can't seem to find any of these products anymore. In fact, local Ace
hardware and True Value stores claim that these products are no longer
even available for special order.
What are folks using for polishing compounds these days ...not looking
for hard to find select brands, just something I can purchase locally in
small quantities. Ideally, Would greatly appreciate recommendations for
equivalent substitutes of all three above.
Yep, I was aware I could order online, but really hoped I could find
something suitable that was locally available. Even our local Sherwin
Williams & the nearest Lowes/ Home Depot (40 miles) no longer carry
Didn't know about Waterlox, something new to me, but do appreciate the
heads up and will definitely investigate further.
Just so you know, that's not a gloss finish like you were after. I was
joking, referring you to a satin finish. It is, though, my favorite
finish out of all I've ever tried. I prefer a hand-rubbed finish and
this accomplishes that smoothly, easily, and very nicely.
Life is full of obstacle illusions.
-- Grant Frazier
Believe it or not .. I still have a few boxes of those items here
somewhere !!! I have, however switched over to using automotive
rubbing/finishing/polishing compounds ... they come in paste or
semi-liquid form, and are just easier to obtain & use. Some of the 3M
Finesse-It products are pretty pricey, but they work great.
On 3/8/2011 11:21 AM, Digger wrote:
Could be you are right John, but neither one here, in North Central FL,
claims any knowledge nor is willing to order. Local paint dealer is
Sherwin Williams and has never heard of pumice, nor painter's pyramids,
nor paraffin, nor much of anything else useful. Nearest home centers are
40 miles away and neither stocks any of the above. Oh, but they do at
least know of painter's pyramids.<g>
Actually the original character was Digby "Digger" O'Dell the friendly
undertaker, and the original show was "The Life of Reily" featuring
William Bendix. And with that, I will be shoveling along...<g>
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