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Posted in response to Polishing Sonora Sunset from Larry Ochsner on March 24, 2008 at 08:09:20:

Re: Polishing Sonora Sunset

I am RV'ing thru New Mexico and picked up a bunch of Sonora Sunset at a rock shop in Las Cruces. The owner was able to get a high polish by using diamond wheels up to 3000 and then using a cerium oxide impregnated belt on an expandable drum and finishing with cerium oxide on a hard felt jewelry buffer. It work well for him.

I just finished a small piece on a portable diamond cabbing unit. I ended up working it thru 14,000 as the polish continued to improve. When I tried to polish it on a 5 1/2 inch leather disk with cerium oxide I lost the polish. I had to revert back to the 14,000 diamond. I never have much luck with these polishing pads on cabbing machines. If I had my jewelry buffer I would try to polish it with some green zam and see how that works as that usually works on softer materials. The cab looks pretty good as is but is not as good as the rock shop owner's and I am a fanatic for high polishes.

I would like to know how you polish on dry leather. How do you get the polish to stay on the leather???? or am I missing something.

From Ed - May 05, 2008 at 08:02:41
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