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Unread 02-21-2007, 12:30 AM   #1
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HEY THERE PRO'S How do you polish absolute black granite

I am going crazy to find a good method for polishing black granite. I have been using 5 inch polishing pads dry for years now but it takes me like 15-20 minutes to polish one tile to satisfactory condition. I have heard that just getting the wet polishing system is going to make my life great but I want some opinions before I go blow 500 bucks for the kit. Please give me you advise and opinions. Thank you very much
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Unread 02-21-2007, 12:49 AM   #2
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Good to see you back here. A wet polishing system will give you a much better finish than dry polishing. But you know that already. How much black granite are you polishing on a regular basis? Might it be easier for you to contract your bullnosing out to someone like "The Polished Edge" in Woodinville instead of making the investment if you don't think you'll get a return for your investment?
Please send me a private message with your contact information, Serge. I've tried to reach you a few times and would like to pass along work from time to time.
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Unread 02-21-2007, 06:12 AM   #3
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Can ya pass work to me 2 shaughn. I have a alpha wet system to polish edges.
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Unread 02-21-2007, 03:54 PM   #4
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Serg, for a minimal investment that works great, go into Master wholesale in Seattle & tell them you want their diamond 4" dry polishing pads from 50 to 3000 grit. Tell them you heard online that they would sell it for $99 in-store if you asked. You'll also need a velcro backer pad to match the discs.
You probably already have a variable speed polisher, right? The only other things that I recommend you get is a bar of black rouge and 4" felt pad with a velcro back for use with the rouge. It'll pop the last little bit of color & brilliance you need for a final buff to match the surface.
The 50 grit in that kit will plow through any granite quickly, but be warned that it will probably last only 2 or 3 good sized kitchens with edge & splash polishing. The higher grits will all last much longer.
You should also be polishing in some kind of linear production set-up instead of one at a time. It's not only a lot faster but it makes for a flatter, straighter edge. I can do about 20-25 tiles an hour with the bench in the picture. A stack like that usually takes a couple hours. You can also use an 8' level clamped to a long counter with the tile stacked 3 high to do 24 at a time.
The dry diamond pads do not last as long as the wet ones, and they go almost as fast but not quite. It is dry however, and you don't have to wear muck boots & raingear, and you can polish inside if it's raining outside. You also don't need a new polisher.
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