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    Help Replacing Bench Polishing Wheel and Rouge

    I've be using one polishing wheel and a pack of rouge sticks for 20 years. That's how rarely we edge polish. Recently my son decided to polish some metal car parts on it! ...and stained the pad beyond lens use. My original 4" wheel (after misuse) and rouge are pictured. I'm trying to find suitable replacements.

    I polish CR-39, poly, 1.60 and 1.67. No glass and no Trivex as of now.

    I see so many types of wheels available that I'm stumped, including:
    Dixel Cotton Flannel Buff
    Solid Felt Buff
    Soft Felt Buff
    Woven Yarn Buff
    Muslin Berry Buff
    Dixel Unbleached Muslin
    Super Buff
    Dixel Extra Fine
    Dixel Yellow Treated

    I see rouge in:
    White, red, yellow, blue, Zam, Wonderbar and green.

    Can someone please advise me which wheel is best suited as a replacement - and which rouge I should get for the future? I attached some available types from Hilco and Optisource.

    Thanks for your advice. Really appreciate your expertise!
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    If you are using a wet edger with polish functionality, the cotton muslin is what you might want to use. From your picture, that is what it looks like your son damaged. Cotton flannel will work as well, since all you need is to add some luster. White rouge will be my choice for that.
    If your edges are rough, then a solid felt will work with the Wonderbar to smooth the edges and get rid of the rough spots. Be careful though, felt is very aggressive and will melt Poly, and will remove stock. Afterwards, a quick spin on the cotton buff will shine the edges.
    Others may have their preferences that vary from mine.

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