Forums Polishing Beginner question

4 replies, 4 voices Last updated by gemmakermz 4 years, 9 months ago
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    • #5335

      johnv
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      @JohnV

      Can I use a steel master lap for final polishing, and if yes how do I set it up

    • #5336

      johnv
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      @JohnV

      correction aluminum master lap

    • #5337

      Alan Balmer
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      @alanbalmer

      A master lap is intended only to support other laps. It’s useful for toppers and polishing films, but not suitable for cutting or polishing by itself.

    • #5338

      Rick_Brooker
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      @Rick_Brooker

      If you want to use the aluminum master lap for final polish, you can use a dynalap. They come in many different grits, the blue spectra lap is popular for that. The downside is that it can cause rounded edges on the facets.

    • #5554

      gemmakermz
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      @gemmakermz

      your best bet is to find an affordable clean tin surface lap. use 50,000 grit diamond powder– no oils– just clean water at a VERY SLOW drip and lap speed very slow too. oil is a lubricant, use water which is a wetting agent and try to create a muddy slur. the diamond powder will charge into the tin lap as being used which prolongs the polishing, you’ll generally feel a small drag action when polishing. i have a 13 yr old girl student that it doing GREAT and great polish on all her different materials stones. she’s just been written up in the september 2019 issue of rocks and gems magazine. she is a junior in the lakeside gem and mineral club of kennewick wa.. i’ve tried zink, lead and other metal laps for polishing and unless your cutting a diamond you can’t beat a good tin lap and 50,000 diamond powder.

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