By Dani Homrich - Polished Solid Surface is in demand by more and more customers in the Solid Surface market. I now receive one to two phone calls per week for polished solid surface counters compared to one call a month only a couple years ago.
There are four basic ways to polish a solid surface countertop.
- First is the “Sanding” method.
This means you start sanding with 220g and work your way up to 2500g. The only sanding products I would recommend for this is High Quality Automotive or Aircraft Silicon Carbide Wet or Dry sand paper. This method is very time consuming but does work very well.
- Second is the “Wet” method.
This is done placing liquid rubbing compound on the deck and buffing with a high speed rotary wheel. This method uses large amounts of compound, quite costly and is very messy, not something you would want to do in a customer’s home.
- Third is the “Dry” method.
This is done by loading the buffing pad of a high speed buffer with a dry stick compound then buffing the deck. The loading process must be repeated many times. Both the “Wet” and “Dry” method require a highly skilled, trained professional with lots of experience, or the deck will look like a mess. Also, you can not buff out scratches with the rotary wheel, all you do is burn the deck making it look worse. That means you must go back to sanding to fix the problem. One thing you will notice with the rotary wheel is that there will be rotary wheel marks every where and they are almost impossible to eliminate making a mirrored finish only a dream.
- Forth is the “Random Orbital” method.
With this method you place very small amounts of liquid compound on the deck (about a teaspoon) place the buffing pad over the compound and start buffing the same as if you were sanding. The process must be repeated twice for every two foot square section. Because of the small amounts of compound being used, this method is very clean and none of your compound dollars are going on the floor. This method is also great in a customer’s home. You can also eliminate fine scratches in the deck without sanding and the fear of burning the deck. A big time saver. The best part of the “Random Orbital” method is the ability to create a mirrored finish without scratches, wheel marks, or burns and acheive an even, consistent finish. A real eye catcher in your showroom.
These are the four ways to polish and I recommend you choose the method you feel most comfortable. I personally use the “Random Orbital”. You can eliminate fine scratches without re-sanding which is a big time saver and works excellent in a customer’s house. The biggest advantage for the radium orbital method is it takes very little experience to use and achieve prefect results.
Try them all and see which works best for you.
About the Author: Dani Homrich, owner of Dani Designs has dedicated the past 21 years to improving and perfecting fabrication techniques for Solid Surface. With over 33 years of finishing experience as a custom furniture manufacture, Dani has utilized his finishing knowledge to identify and correct finishing problems associated with Solid Surface materials. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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