Originally Posted by Wabbiteer
It's impossible to get an even finish burnish holding the pads in ones fingers. Too many nooks and crannies that leap into scouring then drop out as the angles change. Look for a holder, block or handled, and use even pressure and long strokes...
Yes, x2. That was one of the most important changes for us. After spending lots of money on various scrubbing materials from big brands with fancy names, we found our favorite at Walmart of all places. They have these unbranded Nylon cleaning pads with really sturdy handles in packs of 3. Really reduced fatigue, and when they wore out and disintegrated from the Aircraft stripper, we threw them away.
After polishing with a few passes of grey bar, and one of "pink" (red) bar, you can only see the fine scratches if the light is diffuse and exactly perpendicular to the grain.
It'll look beautiful when you're done- good luck!