Refinish your kitchen and bathroom counters with professional marble polishing tools to restore the original shine. Marble's a popular natural stone choice of home decorators. Askthebuilder.com experts note, "Marble sales have increased approximately 400 percent during the past five years.(2005-2010)" The stone is cool to the touch, available in cream, white, black, green, gray, red and pink, and capable of a holding a highly polished finish.
High Gloss Finish
To obtain a high gloss finish which reflects the light, choose a diamond polishing system to refinish marble. To remove a large number of scratches from marble or smooth over any rough edges, buy or rent a wet polishing machine and fit it with a 4 inch diamond polishing disk (This method works equally well for concrete counter tops). Wet polishers are medium-sized power tools related to (and resembling) ordinary grinders or polishers. A careful examinations shows the electronic components on wet polishers are doubly insulated and the air intakes are at the back of the tool and the exit air vents are at the front. This means there is no chance of water entering the tool by leaks or suction created by air flow.
Low Luster Finish
Honing is a method for removing the rough edges and scratches from sections of marble flooring or counter tops while creating a low-luster finish. The Marble Institute of America defines a hone finish as, "A satin-smooth surface finish with little or no gloss, recommended for commercial floors." Builders and floor refinishers use this system to even out the rough look left by marble tiles laid out in a manner which leaves the edges sticking up in places. This error is known as,"lippage," in the trade. Professional equipment for honing large areas, like floors, cost several thousands of dollars, but small areas may be treated with hand-held power tools. To grind down the uneven surface and achieve an even low-luster finish, use a heavy-duty variable-speed grinder (at least a 7 inch model) fitted with a diamond and resin pad made especially for grinding marble which runs no faster than 2000 to 2500 RPM. Wear a face mask while working to prevent the accidental inhalation of marble dust.
Hand Polishing Tools
If you only have a few scratches to remove and do not wish to re-polish a whole area use traditional hand finishing tools to polish the marble sections. While modern machine polishing offers a quicker and easier method, craftsmen like Steve Walker (with 40 years experience working on stone and marble) express doubts the finish achieved by machines is superior. In his article, "The Traditional Way of Hand Polishing Marble," he describes the slow process of, "using various grades of carborrundum stone blocks," beginning with 60 or 80 grade grit stone and continuing to hand polish the marble using 120 grade stone, all the way up to 500 or 600 grade stone at the end of the process.
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