I won't use anything else. Here is how I make my own milk dud pool cue tips. Very simple. Common directions are to soak in milk 24 hours; Press 24 hours. I have found that my variation is a bit more to my liking.
I make milk dud tips during heat waves of summer. Start with Elk Master tips. Use 220 grit sandpaper and in figure eight motion rub the tip base until white color is seen. Then into a plastic cup. I make four at a time because I have four c-clamps. Once the tips are in the plastic cup, pour milk to cover the tips completely. Some tips float, so do not be alarmed. Into the refrigerator for twenty-four hours. Remove and lightly rinse with water. Shake excess water off. Place into c-clamp. Turn the thumbscrew as tight as possible, trying to keep the tip somewhat in alignment and not too lopsided. Into direct sunlight. Turn the thumbscrew every three hours and tighten as hard as possible.
When the sun goes down, bring the clamps inside so that dew will not enter the leather tips. Keep applying pressure and tighten every three hours. When you wake up, tighten again. Three hours keep doing that until twenty-four hours pass from the time you started applying pressure. Then release the tip and the top will look like chrome. Tap with your fingernail, and you can hear the hardness. Then back to 220 grit sandpaper and in figure eight, dress the base. I also mount a ferrule pad. Either 0.031 inch or 0.015 inch fiber pads.
Dress both sides on 220 sandpaper. Your fingertips will burn a bit from friction. Wipe the tip base and both sides of the ferrule pad. Use a Tweeten ferrule sanding tool for alignment and clean the cue ferrule mounting surface. Wipe with a cloth when clean. Use Loc-Tite (Red) super glue liquid. It is fast. Mount the pad to the tip. Then masking tape carefully on the cue ferrule. Use a Dremel tool and pliers to hold tip and carefully dress the pad. Then apply the tip to the cur ferrule. Hold with hand pressure for one minute. Dremel can trim the tip to size of the ferrule by rotating the cue shaft and keep the alignment of the dremel grinding wheel. Once done, edges of the tip can be sealed with exterior carpenter's glue. A tiny drop on the tip of your finger and look at the tip as you roll the edge. It will dry almost instantly. It seals the edge. Then with Dremel tool, freehand start shaping the tip at forty-five degree angle while rotating the cue shaft. Then dress the top of the tip.
Then use a curved cue tip shaper, holding one edge on the masking tape so as not to mar the cue ferrule. Once the side is dressed, hold the cue tip shaping tool perpendicular to the cue and dress the top. When finished, I use a leather awl, to tap the tip. Many taps, so be careful not to harpoon your fingers. Then chalk the tip and go enjoy a rack.
The ferrule pad, is optional and will require care so as not to overheat and chip the cue ferrule. Ferrule pad can be omitted. The sound and contact of the tip to the cueball, is distinctive, and sweet. Making milk duds without a heat wave will be good, but remember to make tips when the heat waves are upon you, and stock up. You will not regret it.