How our slurries should be used
In response to several offline questions I have received, I just wanted to provide a short explanation of how all of our slurry products should be used. Slurries should be sprayed onto the substrate - 100% hard wool felt is recommended, but others may be used. Just a few pumps are all that is necessary - just make sure that the surface is uniformly damp. It is important that is stays damp because it is the liquid in which the diamond is suspended that does two important jobs:
- The carrier (or solution) is what keeps the tiny diamonds moving and keeps them on the substrate. If allowed to dry, some diamonds would embed themselves into the substrate and most would just fly off into the air.
- The lubricants in our formulas help prevent the abraded metal from embedding itself in the substrate. If you see a black spot on a wool strop you have been using, you are likely seeing worn steel. This means that diamond is no longer working in that area. To save on slurry spray, we sell a lubricant called SlurryLube which re-wets the slurry without having to use more diamond spray.
You WILL reach a point where there is just too much metal embedded in the substrate to be effective. In the case of wool, taking a stiff brush to a dry strop will remove much of the metal fragments, as well as the diamonds. Simply re-apply once cleaned. You can do the same with leather, but if you are using the spray on smooth leather, be aware that brushing it will roughen it. We do not recommend using slurries on smooth leather for this reason and due to the inevitable metal buildup that cannot be easily removed from smooth leather.
If any of you have questions about these or any other of our products, please contact us at [email protected]
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