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Blue shop towels work for me. Lots of acetone and spin quick. Take away while moving. If you aren’t satisfied, more acetone on a different part of the towel and repeat. No issues with fuzz or lint. 

The white t-shirt material does work very well, and most finishes that aren’t smooth need more acetone and a little faster spinning motion as they are being shined up.

Ya don’t go easy on the acetone. I had that problem when I started building last winter. Give the shop towel a good soak beforehand

I'm no expert, but I use those brown or white dispenser paper towels you find in gyms or public bathrooms.  Not much lint, and quick spin off method like @Dave22 said.

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There are plenty of products that will do the trick. Ideally you want something with minimal texture but the real key is just getting the acetone on the plastic as gently as possible. If you do that it doesn't matter what kind of texture or material you use. Recently I've been using Viva paper towels and have zero issues.

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I have a bag of old white t-shirts that I keep handy for this task exclusively. I cut them in strips and use plenty of acetone and pressure if trying to turn down. I’ll actually lightly apply with a finger to get a good shine.

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Paper towel and copious amounts of acetone.  Works perfect and leaves a great shine.

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5 hours ago, Adam C said:

There are plenty of products that will do the trick. Ideally you want something with minimal texture but the real key is just getting the acetone on the plastic as gently as possible. If you do that it doesn't matter what kind of texture or material you use. Recently I've been using Viva paper towels and have zero issues.

For 30 year I have done the same but Bounty paper towels. Then wipe with some mineral spirits to remove any residue/streaks.

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For a truly professional look a good shoe-shinning rub down using a soft cloth strip with polishing compound works awesome.  Plastic polish is ideal but anything with a mild grit in it works fine.  You could even use toothpaste.

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On 1/30/2021 at 8:27 AM, bladestriker said:

I have a bag of old white t-shirts that I keep handy for this task exclusively. I cut them in strips and use plenty of acetone and pressure if trying to turn down. I’ll actually lightly apply with a finger to get a good shine.

 

Same approach here with plenty of acetone, particularly after turning down i’ll use more acetone pouring over ferrule while turning.

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I just use old t shirts. One I get it down to size, I do a quick wipe with a dripping wet rag, that leaves the entire surface wet. This get all the marks out, and leaves a smooth , shiny finish. Once it's completely dry, buff with a dry rag.

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Just to be clear, I advocate sandpaper roll strip, 220 works well, to reduce the diameter of the ferrule.  Then acetone to remove the sandpaper scratches and shine it up somewhat.  The plastic polish is the last step, mostly to improve gloss and uniformity of the finish.

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Ive had success with the blue shop paper towels. SOAKED with acetone. Ive tried microfiber clothes due to being lint free and they work well too. Just remember anything you use really soak it with acetone and spin fast. My last set of Mizuno’s I built, I spun with acetone and got great results like usual. Then I took it one step further and tried Flitz plastic polish. It was like cheating and the results were awesome. Flitz Multi-Purpose Polish and Cleaner Paste for Metal, Plastic, Fiberglass, Aluminum, Jewelry, Sterling Silver: Great for Headlight Restoration + Rust Remover, Made in the USA

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BTW These pump dispensers are invaluable.  I've got a metal one where I do most of my finishing but I keep these all around my shop for cleanup or when I do paint fill.  https://www.amazon.com/Acetone-Dispenser-Lockable-Alcohol-One-Touch/dp/B07PXPYYG6/ref=sr_1_6?crid=JSSZ16FQSCEX&dchild=1&keywords=pump+dispenser+bottle+push+down&qid=1612218089&sprefix=Pump+dis%2Caps%2C180&sr=8-6

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On 1/30/2021 at 4:27 PM, bladestriker said:

I have a bag of old white t-shirts that I keep handy for this task exclusively. I cut them in strips and use plenty of acetone and pressure if trying to turn down. I’ll actually lightly apply with a finger to get a good shine.

I take it a step further and cut up strips of old jeans to turn the ferrule down using the shoe shine method then strips of old cotton tee shirts for finishing

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The process should be simple.  Paper towel (smoother side) if the paper towel has one.  I use Brawny Paper Towels and there is a rougher side and a smoother side.  I file down the ferrule with a fine rasp just wider than the hosel (I mask the hosel to prevent file marks).  Then I apply ample amounts of Acetone and make verticle wipes and rotate the iron until the ferrule is the right diameter to the hosel.  The finish is smooth, no file marks, and the the fit is exact.  With the right amount of Acetone there is no need to polish the ferrule.  The Acetone does that automatically.

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