Buffing Compounds

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    Hi guys,

    Paul uses a green buffing compound to strop his irons and chisels.
    Does anyone know what the difference is between the various colours of the compounds e.g. green, white or blue?

    Apparently the green is for ‘first stage polishing’ and white and blue for final stage polishing.
    I’ve got the blue. Will it make much difference to me whether I use the blue or green?


    Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom

    Frank Joseph
      It’s that each is finer, use what you have you may need to strop a bit longer that all

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.


    Great, thanks Frank.
    Happy New Year.

    Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom


    I know the green is a chromium oxide which is very hard. In a previous life I had a paint mill that used a stainless steel scraper blade about 1/32″ thick. In 6 hours of running we would abrade about 1/4″ off of the blade. Good thing they were disposable.
    The blue could be a cobalt compound or iron blue. If it is listed as finer than green, that would mean the particle size of the pigment would be smaller. Same for white.
    I don’t know why you would need anything finer than green for tools.
    If you have blue, give it a try but you may spend more time polishing just like you would if you used 600 grit paper versus 100 grit to remove material.


    I use a product named ” autosol”, that is widely used in automotive industry as metal polishing agent. It has a tremendous effect put on a strop. And it’s cheap and long lasting.

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