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Kevin Lietz

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Hey everyone! So We are going to be expanding into stone polishing and I have a couple of customers that are going to let me do some "practice work" on their flooring and countertops. I have been looking at some of the posts here and doing some research, and I think I've got the "gist" of it, but wanted to get a fresh conversation going on this topic for myself and maybe anyone else that maybe looking to jump into this field.

Currently I have all the tile cleaning tools I need (full Gecko set up except the squeegee head, but I'll be getting that next week), turbo, and I have a 175 to be able to use... Really the major hangups I have right now is what type of pads I'll need to get started, and what chemicals.

1. Compounds - Stone Pro has a good selection, and from what i've seen from advice here on TMF, they sound like the "most recommended" bet. If you disagree, please enlighten me! 5x seems to be a fan favorite.

2. Pads - This is a part that I get a bit confused on... Diamond impregnated pads, diamond resin pads, DOT pads, and then these 3in diamond pads which look totally different (are they for countertop polishing?).

3. Any tips on how to start on this? I have experience with a swing machine, and VCT work as well, so I'm not a complete rookie ;)As I said earlier, I have some friends/customers/family that are willing to allow me to use thier floors as a training ground, which is great... they also know that I'm a rookie as this... I want to make sure that I get a good feel for what I am doing so any tips/advice would be GREAT!
 

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DIP pads are the easiest to quickly get comfortable with.
IMHO if you're going to do this a lot, then take some classes.
Then you can move into diamond pucks which cost more to buy but are way cheaper to use than DIP.
I only do a few jobs a year so I just use DIP from JonDon. (only because they ship fast).
I also have relationships with some stone polishing pros that I can refer more challenging jobs to.
It's one thing to pop a shine on a floor, it's a whole other ball game to to get into serious sq ft or restoration.
 
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