Diamond Hand Pads
is part three of a multi-part tip on diamond hand pads. Click
here to go to part one.
When using diamond hand pads to polish
glass, the single most important thing to remember is to let the
diamonds do the work. Don't use the pad the way you would use
a piece of sandpaper or a nail file. Instead, use longer
strokes, letting the pad brush back and forth across the
surface of the glass. A lighter touch is definitely preferable
to a hard scrub. This will lead to a more even finish, and
will smooth out a larger section of the piece.
Hand pads will always perform better when
used wet. Water rinses loose particles away, and helps keep the
diamonds cooler. This makes the pad lasts longer.
Using lots of water on the pads also improves the finish of the
piece being worked by making the pad easier to use. Water is
especially critical when using resin-bonded hand pads (finer grits),
which are much more likely to break down if heat builds up.
Regardless of the grit you're using, be very
cautious if you're working close to areas that you don't want to
work with the hand pads. The pads will quickly scratch shiny
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