I have just started learning about the process behind stock bedding. I still have A LOT of learning to do before I actually commit to the process and was wondering who on here might have some experience with it.

Right now, my biggest questions are about the pillars and also buffering the release agent.

So question 1) Are the pillars machined headless bolts that are used in place of the normal bolts while the bedding cures? I hope thats not confusing I just don't understand the purpose of the pillars or how to obtain them.

question 2) How do you know when you have a thin layer of release agent (aka kiwi shoe polish) on the action? I am afraid of buffering out too much and causing mechanical lock.. but I also don't want to put too much of it on.

Sorry, I know these may be dumb questions to a veteran.. but I am definitely a rookie in this area! Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.