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« on: March 03, 2016, 06:46:31 pm »

Thanks for your help on this.  Is there anything I can use to help add a nice polish or clean-up to my cabs? I was thinking of some kind of liquid polish, oil etc.? Thanks I appreciate any help you can give.

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2016, 08:21:50 am »

After all your stages of polishing, if you are still not happy with the finish, sometimes waxing a stone will help it's appearance. I use Renaissance Wax on jade and jadeite, it will not yellow. It's the same wax that museums use.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2016, 10:41:42 am »

And Renaissance wax is expensive! I use it on a brass goblet to keep finger prints from corroding the metal.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2016, 11:13:53 am »

A trick I use on my Fairburn agate collection which may also work with cabs is to put the cabs in a shallow bowl or pie tin, cover them with baby oil, (Walmarts cheap store brand will work), and put them in your oven on warm setting for about an hour. You don't want the oil to boil, so just barely turn the oven on. Take the pan out of the oven & let everything come back to room temperature. Dry your cabs with paper towels & buff them with a soft cloth.

There was a time many moons ago when you could buy whale wax. It worked just as good as Renaissance wax. You can no longer buy any product made from the whale, but it sometimes shows up in old rockhound estate sales.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2016, 01:33:17 pm »

On some cabs which will just not take a high polish such as some soft stones, I take the easy way out and apply some neutral shoe polish which is cheap.  If you put the stone on the dop pot and warm it first, the wax will penetrate into some stones and when it dries, just buff it to a polish which is much better than it started with. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2016, 09:39:31 pm »

Wow thank you all very much! I will look into your suggestions and let u know how they work. Again thank you :-)
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