Help with travertine

Mikey34

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Have some travertine that a maid spilled acid on and left little rings.

The problem: customer wants it gone, the solution, or so she thinks is me.

Here's a picture of the stone. I need it to have the dull look, down where my thumb is touching, i tried with a 120 grit on a sander, and that is tooo shiny.

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It looks just barely honed too me, but I know nothing about polishing stone.
 

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Dennis is right, sandpaper will loose its grit and polish the surface if used too long. Use diamonds or a diamond hogs hair pad for a more consistent finish.
 
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If you can get a hone that is just below the shine of the surrounding area, you can hit it with steel wool dry (#0 or #1) and it will blend.
 

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Yeah am planning on trying very slow speed 600 grit on an orbital palm sander. See where that gets me.

Than I ll try the blend with steel wool.
 
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I would stay away from sandpaper and use diamonds or a diamond impregnated pad. 600 grit sandpaper only stays 600 grit for a very short time. As sandpaper wears the grit gets finer and you wind up with a "polish" much higher than the grit it started at very quickly with a sander like that.
 

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I like sandpaper especially on MTL. I never recommend an orbital sander when using it though because it negates all of the things I like about it.
 

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I would stay away from sandpaper and use diamonds or a diamond impregnated pad. 600 grit sandpaper only stays 600 grit for a very short time. As sandpaper wears the grit gets finer and you wind up with a "polish" much higher than the grit it started at very quickly with a sander like that.

Except this is 1 6x6" tile we are speaking about, not really a large project at all.