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Old 01-19-2013, 06:48 AM   #121
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If possible, I'd really like to hear the details on the surface grinding as this is the only phase I am unclear on. Specifically, what equipment, procedures and timing in relation to curing are used.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:11 AM   #122
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If possible, I'd really like to hear the details on the surface grinding as this is the only phase I am unclear on. Specifically, what equipment, procedures and timing in relation to curing are used.
I was very nervous on the polishing as well, truth be told that was the easiest part! I found a deal on line, bought a wet grinder that came with the diamond pads for around $100. Start with the 50 grit, make consistent passes so you get it all evenly and work up to the 3000 grit.

Pour a 12x12 practice pad and give it a try, you will be surprised how easy it is. Be light with the lower number pads. And go crazy with high numbers. And really can't mess it up.

It only took one hour start to finish polishing my entire island
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:12 AM   #123
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Ps. It has been an entire year now, no cracks and the surface just gets better and better!
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:28 PM   #124
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I was very nervous on the polishing as well, truth be told that was the easiest part! I found a deal on line, bought a wet grinder that came with the diamond pads for around $100. Start with the 50 grit, make consistent passes so you get it all evenly and work up to the 3000 grit.

Pour a 12x12 practice pad and give it a try, you will be surprised how easy it is. Be light with the lower number pads. And go crazy with high numbers. And really can't mess it up.

It only took one hour start to finish polishing my entire island
Thanks for the info. Off to look for a grinder and pads.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:17 PM   #125
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I took a look back, I guess the grinder kit was $200. Check post #36
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:27 PM   #126
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I took a look back, I guess the grinder kit was $200. Check post #36
Thanks. Can't believe I missed that....
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #127
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Here are a few pics for ya....bath and kitchen.





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Old 01-21-2013, 05:19 PM   #128
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Aggregate at end

Hi Skinner. Table top looks great - glad to hear it's holding up for you. I have a question re the aggregate you added at the end. Knowing you were going to polish the entire top, did you trowel finish the entire top? Or did you stop after screeding? Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:56 AM   #129
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I have a nice Makita 7" variable speed polisher/grinder that I bought for projects like this. A couple years after buying it I saw that Harbor Frt has a nice looking copy of it for about $35. The variable speed controlmakes these very versatile tools, which can run a wide range of discs & pads. They're probably mostly used for polishing cars, but are great for working wood, glass, stone, concrete, plastics/resins, metal, etc. I have a water feed attachment for using on glass, to keep the glass cool & the dust down.

Braxton_Bragg and Gran Quartz are a couple of companies in the stone working supply business that supply bits, blades, & pads.

There are probably a lot of other suppliers for the concrete pads & tools too. Just passing along the names so you can see some of the variety of stuff the stone folks use. (Btw, I once saw a 14' diameter diamond saw blade mounted on a track hoe, for ganite quary work.)
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Waylongway. Nice work! That is awesome!

I also learned the you can use a garden sprayer to lay down some water while you grind/ polish
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