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PUMICE                                                                       The pumice may be sprinkled from a shaker can...
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Rottenstone&pumice use info

  1. 1. Restoration, Repair, & Finishing SuppliesLIBERON™/star star™Supplies, P.O. Box 86, Mendocino, CA 95460 • 707-877-3570ROTTENSTONE (premium grey, 1 lb.) For other surfaces choose water or oil to lubricate the for surface. Water will give a slightly more aggressive Fine Furniture FINISHING, action. Use Paraffine Oil or Mineral Oil or, the lighter viscosity, Rubbing Lubricant when using an oil carrier. POLISHING, and CLEANING Using a felt rubbing block at least 1/2 inch thick soak the lubricant into the pad, (or stretch thinner felt overPremium Grey Rottenstone is used to make antiquing a wooden block to obtain the necessary flat surface)wax and to patinate gilt and gilt finishes, to dust mats and dip the block into the rottenstone. (An old feltin the framing trade. hat cut and folded into the appropriate size and shape is a good solution for difficult shapes or surfaces).An excellent recipe for glass polish On horizontal surfaces, the rottenstone may be(from The Framer’s Answer Book sprinkled on with a shaker can. Using moderate by Paul Frederick) is: pressure rub with the grain using long strokes. 1 Pint methanol or isopropanol alcohol Inspect the work frequently as to guard against 2 Tablespoons Rottenstone cutting through the finish. Continue until the desired 1 Tablespoon Ivory liquid surface and gloss is obtained. Wipe the sludge away Shake together with a soft damp cloth. in a gallon jug filled with water.Use for polishing glass, the water & alcohol If oil is used finish off the surface wiping with a clothdissolves dirt and grease, the rottenstone polishes and dampened with naptha to remove all traces of the oil.the liquid detergent acts as an anti-static. Allow the finish to sit and harden for 4 to 8 hours. Apply a protective coat of wax and the finish with aRottenstone is used as the final rubbing compound to soft cloth and BLACK BISON™ Cabinetmakersobtain a high gloss finish on lacquer, varnish, and Liquid or Paste Wax Polish. (Do Not Use Polishingshellac surfaces. All Rubbing operations should take Products Containing Silicones)place after the film finish is completely cured. Usedwith furniture polish as a carrier, rottenstone can ROTTENSTONE (or 6/0 PUMICE, for less sheen) isremove difficult dirt and grime from furniture and a very good cleaner for grimy dirty furniture, usewoodwork. BLACK BISON™ Liquid Wax, Rubbing Lubricant, or Wood Cleaner & Wax Remover as a lubricant forDIRECTIONS For Polishing Use cleaning finished wood surfaces.Prepare the surface properly with LIBERON SuppliesPumice. If oil was used for rubbing down the surface,allow it to harden for one week before proceeding lllwith the ROTTENSTONE polishing. For shellac See reverse forfinishes use only oil as a lubricant for polishing, Pumice Rubbing Procedures(shellac is not waterproof).Fax: 707-877-3566 •• Toll Free Order Desk: 800-245-5611 •• Information: 707-877-3570 9/20/95 -- 1 of 2
  2. 2. PUMICE The pumice may be sprinkled from a shaker can or the damp felt may be dipped in a shallow jar lid or tray of pumice, it’s a matter of preference. It is recommend that open trays of pumice be discarded after each polishing session to prevent contamination for of your fresh working stock. Always start with the coarser grades then graduate to finer grades and rottenstone (see reverse) for Hand rubbing of Gloss furniture finishes to a matte finish higher degrees of polish. & to prepare surfaces for polishing with rottenstone. NOTE: When applying finish, sanding sealer coats should be cut down and denibed with LIBERON #00 STEEL WOOL final coatsFine pumice may also be used as an abrasive cleaning agent for of finish should be cut down with LIBERON #0000/000 STEEL extremely grimy wood finishes when mixed with LIBERON™ Wood Cleaner & Wax Remover. WOOL or the appropriate grit abrasive paper. On clean surfaces Black Bison Liquid Wax may be used as a lubricant to slow and control cutting action. Rub with the grain and apply only slight pressure, (panels may be rubbed across the grain at first). To obtain effective and even results work in a systematic manner from left to right and fromSUPPLIES: In addition to the pumice in grades #3/0 & 6/0 -- top to bottom.You will need the following supplies to obtain a proper handrubbed finish and surface. KEEP THE ABRASIVE WET by adding more lubricant and 1 - felt rubbing block renew or change the rubber when necessary to avoid the sludge from forming hard corns or deposits on the rubbing felt that will 2 - Rubbing Lubricant or mineral oil to lubricate the surface scratch the surface. 3 - soft, clean cotton cloth or sponge 4 - Naptha to remove all traces of oil Wipe and inspect the surface frequently. - Proceed with caution especially near the corners and edges ,asDIRECTIONS FOR USE it is easy to cut through the finish in these areas, until the entire(A word of caution is in order; a clean work area and careful surface shows a very flat and even matte finish.storage of all rubbing supplies will prevent contamination ofthe supplies that could cause scratches in the finish.) Thoroughly clean the entire piece with a soft clean cloth free of any seams or stitching. Use naptha to clean the surface if mineralThe level of finish obtained, [eggshell, flat, matte, satin, oil is your lubricant. Use plenty of fresh water to clean whensemi-gloss, gloss, or (high polish, using Rottenstone) is a matter water is used as the lubricant.of subjective judgment and to a certain degree is controlled bythe rubbing block, the grade of pumice, the lubricant and the Proceed to the next finer grade of pumice and repeat the samecraftsman’s technique. The Gloss film finish must be well cured. process until the degree of finish meets your approval. (Remember if the previous rubbing leaves a noticeable unevenRubbing blocks may be of hard felt 1/2 thick or thicker. Thinner sheen, scratch marks, or nibs, the following finer grade offelt or clean burlap of several layers may be stretched over a abrasive rubbing will be more difficult and counterproductive)small pine block of approx. 3 x 5 inches to assure proper levelingaction while rubbing flat surfaces. Molding may be rubbed with For a higher degree of polish see the Rottenstoneshaped and covered blocks or with a stiff bristle brush. The short instructions (on reverse).bristle brush is almost a necessity for rubbing complex carvedareas. Strips of hat felt or an old towel saturated with oil and the After rubbing, allow the finish to harden for 48 to 72 hoursrubbing compound work well on turnings and spindles. For large depending on weather conditions. To protect your finish fromflat surfaces and commercial work air and electric rubbers are surface abrasions, dirt, water, and other household elementsavailable. (Orbital sanders may be used for polishing; to prevent apply 2 or 3 coats of LIBERON Black Bison, CLEAR, Paste orcontamination from other shop operations & the possible damage Liquid Wax with LIBERON #0000/000 Steel Wool. Allow theto the surface, a special machine should be reserved with a wax to dry several hours before buffing; for the best results letseparate pad for each grade of rubbing compound.) A little the wax dry over night before buffing.experimenting will help in finding the best tools for eachparticular surface or area. [KEEP rubbing blocks used with Maintain the piece of furniture using only the paste wax. Dustdifferent grades of pumice separate and use them with that grade and buff only with a soft clean cloth. Once a year or whenonly to avoid contamination of the finer grades.] needed apply a thin coat of wax very sparingly with LIBERON #0000/000 Steel Wool. Allow the wax to dry an hour or so beforeLubrication for the finished surface is provided by soaking the buffing, and for the best results let the wax dry over night beforepad in mineral oil. Water may be used as a lubricant for faster buffing.cutting action. Do not use water to lubricate shellac. Oil orRubbing Lubricant is safe on all finishes and its slower cuttingaction allows more control. lllll WARRANTY: LIBERON/star Supplies, and/or the vendor assume no responsibility expressed or implied, for the results or misapplication or misuse of these materials. 9/20/95 -- 2 of 2

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