We recently got some maple countertops back from our painter who clear-coated them with ICA post-cat urethane and used 3M rubbing compound and a rotary buffer. I've never seen such a mirror-like finish, and when the customer saw it, he was very impressed.
My question is, would this work on Duravar or lacquer? We generally use satin per customer request, but it would be nice to be able to buff some stuff to hi gloss if the owner wanted shiny it post-install. Any help is appreciated.
From contributor D:
Yes, you can do it with lacquer or Duravar. It will not be quite as good as the acrylic urethane, but it will be good. However, it's not as simple as buying a Makita buffer and some Menzerna compounds. In order to get the effect you describe, you need to flatten the finish, and doing that isn't that simple.
The use of a Stuhr or National Detroit dual pad straight line sander and wet sandpaper gets you started. Follow this by P3000 Trizact on a random orbit then P4000 Abralon then Menzerna 2L with a wool pad followed by Menzerna 16 and a yellow foam pad. Finish this off with Menzerna intensive polish and a black foam pad, and you'll have them wetting themselves. Its best to use gloss materials rather than satin to get the full effect. Satin will work, it just will not be as clear.