Things just don't work out. I recently bought some Madagascar Ebony to use for scales. I thought that they would come out nice but boy was I wrong. After getting them shaped to my liking I sanded them down to 1000 grit and buffed them out. Didn't look like I wanted them too so I sanded them down again and gave them a coat of Tru-Oil.
After they dried I sanded back to 1000 and buffed again. Still not good
I sanded back to 1000 and buffed again. Still not right.
Sanded back to 1000 and gave them a light coat of wipe on gloss poly. After they dried I sanded back to 1000 and buffed again. Still not right. Resanded and tried a light coat of CA, sanded and buffed and they still look like crap.
I finally just drilled out the pins and lanyard tube and removed the scales. I haven't decided what I'm going to replace them with but you can bet it's not going to be Madagascar Ebony.