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Diamond Hand Pads

This is part two of a multi-part tip on diamond hand pads.  Click here to go to part one.

Diamond hand pads are ideal for finishing delicate pieces or reaching into areas that are hard to reach with bulkier automated tools.  They can also be used to grind and polish the edges of a piece of glass, or even to help smooth out the top or bottom surface.

Just don't expect the work to go as quickly as with a wet belt sander or flat lap.  Working with hand pads is usually time consuming, but it also affords a feel and an intimacy with the glass that's not usually possible with more elaborate tools.

As with most grinding and polishing operations, a typical job calls for using a succession of grits, from coarse to fine.  To make this job easier, diamond hand pads are color coded, with each grit being a different color.  These colors can be different for different brands.

Rough grinding and polishing work often starts with a 70 grit, then proceeds to 120, 220, and 400.  Usually 600 grit is about as fine as people use with hand pads on glass; this won't leave a highly polished surface, but it will leave a nice satin sheen.

Click here for more on using diamond hand pads.

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