When I color a piece with aniline dye and finish with lacquer, the Beall buffing system attacks the color and removes it. How can I prevent this?—Gary Bashian

Bruce Wedlock replies: Sounds like you are buffing the dyed wood off. If you are buffing before applying the lacquer, you could experiment with mixing some dye with the buffing compound. Waxes will melt and should accept some dye that work with oils. If you are buffing after applying the lacquer, then build up the lacquer to a thicker film.

Donna Banfield replies: If you are removing the color, you have buffed or burned right through the lacquer. It doesn’t take much to burn through it. Heat and friction caused by the speed of the wheels will melt right through the lacquer. If you must use the Bealle Buffing System, you need to use a very light touch and then only the Carnauba wax. Using all three compounds (Tripoli, White Diamond and Carnauba wax) is more than necessary if you’re buffing lacquer unless you are applying many coats such as a dozen or more. If you are willing to apply several coats—12, 15 or even 20—you could use an automotive compound (like Meguiars) to polish the lacquer. This will give you a high gloss finish.

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