When working with stone, it’s easy to get carried away in the finishing process. However, proper stone finishing requires attention to detail and a gentle hand, otherwise you risk damaging your stone surface. Save yourself the extra work of repairing a damaged surface by following these tips when working on your next project.
Know the right sounds.
Grinders are far from quiet tools, but the sounds can offer a clue as to how you’re using the grinding wheel. When the sound changes, it indicates a change in the speed of the rotating wheel. If the motor starts to sound strained, there’s a good chance you’re applying too much pressure on the wheel. Always listen to how the grinder is responding. If you notice an odd noise, slow down, reduce pressure, and try again.
Look for flakes of metal.
After extensive use, the grinder wheel will wear down. While our diamond saw blades are designed to give you a long-lasting cutting tool, they will wear down, especially when used improperly. If a blade becomes damaged, you’ll begin to notice chips or dents in the metal. Look for metal flakes interspersed with the stone dust. If the blade does not seem to cut as well as it did at first, examine the blade for signs of damage. Replace it if you notice unusual wear patterns as using a dull blade can damage the stone.
Work slowly and in small areas.
The fastest way to wear out your tool is to work too quickly or to cover too much surface area at once. Work in small patches and take your time. Stone polishing requires patience and rushing the process may lead to damaging the stone and your tools.
If you have any questions about our diamond polishing tools or our diamond saw blades, contact us today. Our experienced staff is here to help and will work to answer all of your questions so you can get started on your project quickly and with confidence.