True, Hal; I use point files and fine sand paper all the time on old points.
I didn't clarify enough in my original post: new points always receive a brown paper scrubbing before they are installed. Takes the factory oil/scum off.
I save the more extensive/stock removal methods for old points. Brown paper won't cut it then!
I guess it's just a matter of preference for the first round of polishing.
Ben W. in VA