Wet Vs Dry Polishing Pads: Which one is right for you?
Often a source of debate in the stone fabricating industry, is which is best, wet or dry polishing.
At Stonegate we think there is a place for both techniques in your business. Picking which method to use will largely depend on the task in-hand and the location where the work is to be carried out.
Both wet and dry processes will predominantly use a multi pad approach. Each pad features a number to determine how fine the grit is. You would then start from the highest number and work your way to the lowest to achieve the optimum shine. Edge polishing machines will quicken up this process and work like a production line, with the slab passing through each polishing step. These machines will use wet polishing pads.
So if you are wondering, what kind of polishing pad is right for you, take a look at our pros and cons list for wet and dry polishing to see which kit is right for your job.
Wet polishing pads are often credited with giving an overall better shine, however with the dry pad technology catching up, there isn’t an awful lot difference. Location will most likely be the main factor in choosing your equipment. Wet polishing is often restricted to fabricators workshops due to the amount of slurry it produces, as this can often stain surroundings, with dry polishing being the favourite for on the job polishing.
Personal preference will play a huge part, with many fabricators ready to declare their own method the best. Whichever method you pick, ensure to kit yourself out in the required PPE to protect yourself from the dangers of stone dust or the wet slurry.
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