Years back I tried wearing gloves when buffing but found I needed
designated gloves for each compounds to keep from cross
contaminating. The gloves would get pretty nasty and seemed to
spread the nasty around via rendered tallow binders. Yuk. At that
time I was using Tripoli, bobbing, and rouge compounds. I found that
French Green Clay soap worked wonders to clean my hands and it also
kept my hands from cracking.
One day about 8 years ago I threw all the buff-hardened gloves away
and old dirty caked buffs in the dumpster. Then I kicked Tripoli,
bobbing, androuge out of the studio forever and replaced them with
water soluble compounds. Now just about any soap will clean my hands
and the jewelry.
My ultra-sonic cleaner now works more efficiently. My dust collector
does not have that perpetual greasy feel and the studio air feels
better. I don’t wear gloves now unless it’s for heat issues. I will
never go back. I found the water soluble compounds to perform equal
or better than the old standby products. I did keep my Zam for
certain silver and stone polishing.
Google. Luxi polishing compounds another brand is ‘Dialux’ and there
are other brands.