Use the concave radius abrasive to initially shape or reshape the tip to a perfect sized radius, either Dime or Nickel depending on which tool you purchased, (each tool has either a "D" or an "N stamped on the end). Slowly rotate the shaft and stroke the length of the tool across the top of the tip until uniform radius is achieved. It helps to chalk the tip first so you can see what part of the tip is being removed. When the center of the tip has all of the chalk removed, you have a perfectly shaped tip.
Use the flat bottom of the tool that has the coarsest grit to scuff your tip to maximize chalk holding properties. DO NOT drag the tool across the tip surface as you will alter the shape of the tip and reduce the life of the tip. Simply press the tool firmly against the tip and either rock across the tip surface, rotate the shaft and repeat until the entire tip surface has been textured, or, roll the tip against the flat scuffer as demonstrated by Dennis Searing and Rodney Morris on their videos. You should not remove tip material while scuffing, what you are trying to do is break the glaze and provide texture to hold chalk.
Use the leather side of the tool and roll your shaft on a flat surface while RAPIDLY stroking the leather across the sides of the tip in order to seal and harden (burnish) the sides of the tip. It helps to moisten the sides of the tip with saliva prior to burnishing. In addition to improving the tip's appearance, proper burnishing strengthens the sides of the tip and will reduce mushrooming. (Tip: keep the Scuffing surface pointed away from the ferrule while working)
Use the leather side of the tool and roll your shaft on flat surface while rapidly stroking the leather across the sides of the tip in order to seal and harden (burnish) the sides of the tip. In addition to improving the tip’s appearance this strengthens the sides of the tip and will reduce mushrooming.
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