“Rouge” literally means red. Not so in the polishing business: it means fine abrasive. After sanding up to 600 (higher on darker stones) you may still want that deeper color and shine. “Rouge” may be the answer. This is a block or stick in white, black or green for light very dark and green/gray stones. Use a muslin wheel on a drill or die grinder to pick up some of the rouge. Then rub it on the stone in a small area: Pop – a colorful shiny finish. Rouge bars are 1# or larger. There are metal rouges and stone rouges. Use the correct type and avoid wasting a lot of time.
White Rouge — $12
Green Rouge — $12
Black Rouge — $15
4” Muslin wheel w/ 1/4” arbor — $15
Tin oxide powder – 2 oz. $5
Can be mixed with water to create a paste. Then this paste can be rubbed over a surface to get a very high sheen. (No poisonous oxalic acid.)
Polishing Paste – 1 pint for $25.
Polishing Paste is a magic brew of very fine abrasive and a mild (safer) acid. Buff it on a sanded surface to get a mirror finish.
Tenax Wax (clear or black) – Non-yellowing wax that the Italians use. $16/$20
Apply wax in a small area at a time. Buff off fairly quickly and build up some heat by hand or with a wheel on a drill or die grinder.
Tenax Ager – Color enhancer $25/pint or $69/qt
This is a liquid silicon that fills in the micro-scratches. It must be applied to the unfinished, unwaxed stone. If the sculpture looks much better wet consider color enhancer. (Meaningless on white stone.)
Tenax Liquid Varnish – A quick, protective coating makes stones shine. $39/liter
Tenax Liquid Wax – A quick wax; just apply and buff off. $19/quart
Prosoco Limestone and Marble Protector – $45/quart
An outdoor breathable sealer that resists moisture, stains and graffiti. Any coating for outdoor sculpture must be permeable or moisture clouds the inside of the sealer. From Lawrence, KS; a most breathable place.