Polishing is essential to making stone construction materials look fantastic for a lifetime. Whether the stone material is used for countertops, flooring, columns, walls, or ceilings, stone polish pads make the stonework stand out.
Our stone polish pads support work on virtually any stone material or surface. They improve the appearance of existing stonework by eliminating weathering damage or vandalism. Stone polish pads are also used in the creation of new stone projects such as countertops, pieces of art or building veneers.
Tait Sales & Consulting supplies stone polishing pads for wet or dry polishing. Various materials help make the pads ideal for whatever the stonework polishing may require.
Polishing is the methodical process of smoothing a rough surface. The polishing process removes imperfections and discoloring from the stone’s surface, enabling its natural makeup and minerals to show through. The result is a terrific luster that allows colorful minerals to show through.
Ancient stone artisans and masons used their hands, simple tools, and available substances to polish stone surfaces. Modern stone polish pads, equipment, and materials make the polishing process faster while producing terrific results.
Polishing vs. Buffing: What Is the Difference?
Stone polishing removes the roughest elements on a stone surface but still leaves minor imperfections. Lines and brush marks often remain after the polishing process is finished. Then the buffing process takes over when needed.
Buffing will remove the lines and brush marks that the polishing process leaves on the stone surface. The buffing process benefits countertops, indoor flooring, walls, ceilings, and other stone surfaces.
What Are the Requirements for Stone Polishing?
You could polish stone by hand with water, cloth, and powdered minerals that help smooth the surface. A much better method is to use a polisher, stone polish pads, and a polishing agent.
Use Polishing Wheels Intended for Working on Stone Edges
Stone edges require special care when polishing them. Edges could chip or suffer other damage if the wrong tools are used to polish them.
Dedicated edge polishing wheels and stone polish pads make it possible to get into tight corners and produce a high-quality stone finish consistently and continuously. Copper and copper-segmented polishing and conditioning heads, sponge heads, and other edge-dedicated wheels help deliver first-rate results.
Use Proper Safety gear (Apron, safety glasses, N95 dust mask)
Polishing stone can be a dusty process that tosses material into the air. You do not want to breathe stone dust, which might contain various minerals that could irritate or damage your lungs.
An N95 dust mask or a respirator can help you to breathe safely and keep the dust away. You also need safety glasses and an apron to separate your body from the stone dust and other material created while polishing stone.
Utilize Polishing to Maintain Pristine Surfaces
Stone surfaces can collect much contamination from the many varied environments they are a part of. Vandals, birds, sunlight, weather, pollution and other sources can attribute to the loss of luster on a stone surface. Fortunately, one of the many great things about stone is its ability to undergo polishing to remove any unsightly materials.
Re-polishing Stone can vary greatly depending on the type of stone and the environment where it resides. Granite can hold its luster for years. Some softer stones, such as marble, require routine maintenance to prevent loss of polish.
What Various Methods of Polishing Stones Are There?
Two general types of stone polishing occur when you use water to enable wet polishing. You also can perform dry polishing, which can help to make the process a little less messy.
Wet polishing can be performed by a machine or by hand. Dry polishing is generally for touch-up work and is always done by hand. Stone polish pads can be utilized in many forms of polishing including:
- Diamond polishing
- Hand polishing
- Edge polishing
- Surface polishing
Because stonework is as old as human society, the methods for polishing it are greatly varied and time-proven.
What Factors to Consider to Choose the Right Stone Polishing Pad for Various Surfaces and Purposes?
Some stone polish pads work better on different types of stone and for various purposes. For example, an edge stone polishing pad is ideal for working on stone edges and corners to reduce blemishes and increase the shine.
Choosing the right pad requires matching the stone polish pad to the type of stone surface and its general structure. A softer pad works fine with stone that is in reasonably good condition and needs some fine polishing to produce excellent results.
Other stone surfaces might be rough and uneven, and using a coarse pad that helps to remove material faster could work. A diamond pad might be best for rough work if you work on a hard stone, such as granite or marble. A carborundum wheel also might work well and is very cost-effective.
Correct Size of the Polishing Pad
Many stone polishing occurs by hand and with a handheld grinding tool with a polishing pad attached. Unless you use a floor buffer or polisher, you likely will find polishing pads measuring 4 or 5 inches in diameter ideal for most fine polishing with handheld tools.
Option for Thin or Thick Polishing Pad
You could choose a polishing pad that is thick or one that is very thin, with the type of work to be done often being the deciding factor.
A thin stone polish pad is more flexible. This can help get into tight spaces and produce a fine polish. Thin pads are used when flexibility is needed for rounded or curved surfaces.
A thicker polishing pad has a longer life. This is more advantageous for larger flat surfaces to help smooth out the surface and make it shine.
Pads with Higher Diamond Concentration
A high diamond concentration on a stone polish pad works very well with wet polishing techniques. It can give you a very finely polished finish that shines very well. You can also use dry stone polish pads with higher diamond concentration to shape and form harder stones, like granite quartz.
Patterns that are Suited for Cutting
Various cut stones can help create unique and eye-catching patterns in patios, exterior walls, and other structures. Virtually any pattern that enables you to cut varying sizes and shapes that contain straight edges and corners is ideal for stone cutting.
A French pattern is a terrific example and produces large and attractive surfaces using four different sizes of stone tiles or pieces. The stone pieces are rectangular and square so that you can situate them in a French pattern covering a large area. A French pattern is ideal for a patio.
Landing patterns with tread boarders also are terrific patterns for stone cutting. The geometric patterns you could produce are very attractive, with the tread framing it with long and rectangular pieces.
A three-size pattern also is simple to cut and creates an attractive and durable surface. So does a random pattern using a variety of square and rectangular pieces that you can fit together to create a large flooring surface.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Stone Polishing Pad?
The life expectancy of a stone polish pad varies greatly. The hardness of the stone, the type of polishing done, and the material from which the stone polishing pad is made greatly affects life expectancy. So does the speed at which the polishing pad rotates.
A good rule of thumb is a couple weeks for heavy use and between one and three months for general polishing. The quality of the stone polish pad also significantly affects it’s lifespan. Cheaper pads tend to wear out much faster than better quality pads that cost substantially more but are worth the price.
In What Price Range Does the Best Polishing Pad Fall?
The best stone polish pad depends on the type of polishing you need to do and the type and condition of the stone. Generally, you could spend anywhere from about $10 to $40 for the best stone polishing pads.
We Offer a Range of Cutting Tools and Specially-Tailored Services Just For You!
No matter what type of stone polishing you have in mind, we can provide you with the best tools and pads to produce the best work. Please call Tait Sales & Consulting or contact us online to learn more and place your order for the best fabrication solutions.