Guide to Menzerna Compounds for Woods, Plastics and Lacquer

We work with Guitar manufactures, other wooded instrument manufacturers and repair centres. Smoking pipe manufacturers, plastics giftware, acrylics and polyester polishers.


Commonly we use the compounds below-


113GZP- Brown cutting compound

A standard tripoli cutting compound, used for pre-polishing. Commonly used with B quality mops or harder coolair mops. Can remove 400grit + marks

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Glosswax 18- Beige Polishing compound

Slightly stronger cut than Glosswax 18 with higher grease content. Removes 1000 grit marks.

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P206- Pink light cutting compound

Lighter cutting compound best used when 113gz is too strong. Will remove 800 grit marks.

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Glosswax 16- Beige Polishing compound.

The bestselling cut/colour compound in the market, used on all types of plastics, woods and lacquers. It will remove approx 1200-1500 grit marks depending on buff type and leave a gloss finish.

Commonly used with G quality Mops or G quality coolairs.

Most polishers doing flat work will not use a pre-polish (Brown) they will grit down to around 1000-1500 grit then move to Glosswax 16, on flat it is better to use this method.

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P175 Yellow or P175 Black

Super-finishing compound,  The compound is much more expensive, but gloss results are superior. Available in black and yellow, black tend to work better on darker surfaces.

Commonly used with Flannel and  WDR quality mops or coolairs.

The compounds is worth trying on special pieces of work where you need that extra feel of quality.

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Recommended Starting Process for guitar, piano and lacquer work.

Coating, best to sand high 1200-1500 grit. The work on a two to three stage process. Three stage would only recommend  for when you aim for perfection.

Stage 1- Glosswax 16 with a G quality cloth mop or coolair.

Stage 2- P175 with a WDR quality or cloth mop coolair

Stage 3- SF3800 liquid with a soft foam pad


Recommended Starting Process for working plastics and resins.

Resins and plastics, you can normally sand to a lower grit and therefore polish earlier.

Stage 1- 113GZ/Glosswax 18/P204 with a G quality mop or coolair

Stage 2- Glosswax 16 with a G quality cloth mop or coolair.

Stage 3- P175 with a WDR quality or cloth mop coolair