Starting from a saw cut or polished surface:
Begin with the metal diamond abrasive, make sure to remove all cutting marks, if any cut marks / drags were left on the stone, you will be able to see them in the finish. Then follow with the diamond wire brush.
- Stone that has large & small grain will do better than tight grain. * * Tight grain needs to be flamed 1st like (Absolute black)
- For Granites and hard type stones – The Diamond wire brush will speed the process; these are very aggressive brushes. Diamond wire brushes are available in (36, 46, 60) all 3 types are not required in a sequence, it’s all depending the stones hardness and to the effect desired in the end finish. But in most cases with the Diamond wire brushes on granite, the more cycles, the deeper the texture.
- For Marbles the Diamond wire brushes may be too aggressive,
- Now use the 36 Antique brushes Filiflex, this step will determine the finish look, more cycles the deeper the look, there’s no standard here, only preference. (multiple headed machines use 2 or 3 heads of the 36)
- Follow with the 46, 2 cycles will always help; it just makes the surface a smoother more flowing look.
- 60 – 1 cycle
- 120 – 1 cycle
- 220 – 1 cycle
- 300 – 1 cycle
- 400 – 1 cycle for more color
- At this stage the slab will look medium colored like a honed look and should have good texture,
- There’s 2 ways to go here, (on the big line machines brush uses the 220/300/400/600/ 800 Antique brushes, (brings out the natural colors). But most companies with single head machines use the AGER or AGER Tiger here, because of time.
- Before using the AGER or AGER Tiger, make sure the slab is very dry, or the AGER will only go as deep as the water inside the slab, if there is still water inside, sometime there will be light & dark spots resulting in a leopard effect.