I was reading the threads and noticed Vaughns comment on Don Pencil's PL buffing compound (copy below).
"buffed with Don Pencil's new "PL" compound, then Renaissance Wax. The PL compound it pretty cool. It's marketed for poly and lacquer finishes, and you use it on a relatively slow (700 to 800 rpm) heavily-charged flannel wheel. Based on the way it behaves, it's like an extra-fine tripoli compound, but more abrasive than white diamond. You can get pretty heavy-handed with it without burning through the finish. Don told me that it can be used instead of tripoli and white diamond, so that's what I did on this piece. (However, I used the PL compound then white diamond on the eyeshadow bowl, and it did shine up even more.)"
I also have the PL system and have used it the following way:
1 - Oil soaked some mesquite and pine bowls in Linseed/Mineral/Varnish mixture for 5 days (sanding lightly with wet/dry and letting it dry for 8hrs or so between soaks). Then out and let dry for a week or more in open air. Lightly sanded with 600grit to make smooth and 4-5 coats of Gloss Laquer. Then used his PL and buffed according to Don's directions.
The Pine bowl turned out very smooth but the finish didnt seem to change much. I am going to try the Renaissance Wax in the future because I didnt see a dramatic difference in the buffing with it.....Thoughts ??
2- The larger mesquite bowl i did the same except this time I hand rubbed in a couple coats of DO on it. Then i just buffed really well with Tripoli. Then i went to the WD and Carnuba and finished it up.
It turned out smooth and nice to touch but the look is satin at best and dull in color (no matter how much i buffed it).
I may take the finish back off with mineral or laquer thinner and apply laquer as i am not really that happy with the dull looking finish but so it goes........pictures later when in can...........anyone else thoughts???
Comments: Yes you can charge the wheel good with the PL and you can use it heavy handed as Vaughn mentioned. I read comments on another forum where it was supposed to put a incredible shine to your work when using the PL. I have not noticed that much of a difference in the buffing with it but then again i have only tried it on this one turning. It was also mentioned that you should put on 5-6 coats of Laquer (which i did) before using the PL.
I am not passing judgement and i own the other buffing set up from Don also. I am just stating my experience from the first turning i have tried it on.
I suppose it is one way to buff Laquer and poly as the traditional way with tripoli or WD would cut and ruin the finishes for sure. Hopefully thoughts on this will improve my perception.....................Thanks Dan