Power your way to a polished finish
The polish forms a powder as you work and the polishing pad will gradually leave a clear, smooth surface, photo right. In the reflection of an angled light, check for an even sheen and repeat for any missed spots.
After wiping the surface with a clean, soft cloth, add shine and remove the polishing compound residue by wiping on an automotive cleaner and polish. (See Sources.)
Pore filler. Behlen Pore-O-Pac Grain Filler in mahogany no. B744-1256 (other colors available), $19.95 per quart, Tools for Working Wood, 800-426-4613 or toolsforworkingwood.com.
Polishing compound. Wizards Turbo Cut no. 11044, Wizmar International, 800-356-7223 or wizardsproducts.com ($21 for 32 oz from Above All Wholesalers, 631-471-0318 or aawsales.com).
Cleaner and polish. Wizards Mist-N-Shine no. 1214, Wizmar Intl. ($14.25 for 22 oz from Above All Wholesalers.)
Buffing pad. 9" yellow buffing pad no. 91235-0VGA, $7, Harbor Freight, 805-388-3000 or harborfreight.com.
Electric polisher. DeWalt variable-speed polisher no. DW847 with a 7" backing pad, ($170 from Amazon.com), 800-433-9258 or dewalt.com.
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