If you’re a rock collector, you probably come across a few soft rocks that you’d like to polish. Polishing stones doesn’t require any special tools and you can do so by hand. You’ll need the stones you intend on polishing, a container of hot soapy water, some 60 grit sandpaper, some 160 grit sandpaper, some 360 grit sandpaper, a damp denim cloth, and some polish powder. Keeping your stones polished on a regular basis allows them to maintain their natural beauty overtime as you display your collection.
Before you start polishing your stones, you’ll want to first clean off any dirt and debris that may be on them. This can be done by simply placing them in a container of hot soapy water and letting them soak for a while before rinsing them off; Some stones may need to soak longer than others depending on how stubborn the dirt collected on them sticks.
If you’re polishing more than one stone, you can pull one stone out of the soapy water and let the others soak so that you’re polishing one at a time. You should always polish the smallest and softest stones first since those will take less time to polish and you’l; be done quicker.
Once you finally begin polishing a stone, you should start at the corners and rub them out evenly if you want your stone to appear round. To do this, you should use the piece of 160 grit sandpaper. As you polish, you’ll want to periodically dip the stone back into the water so that the stone remains wet as you continue to polish. Even though the stones may be ‘soft’, you don’t need to be mindful when it comes to polishing as they are not fragile and are protected by their natural hardness and fortitude.
Once the stone has been shaped the way you want it to, dip it once more into the water and start to use the 60 grit sandpaper over any scratches that may be apparent on the stone. It’s important to keep the stone wet while you’re polishing out the large scratches with the sandpaper. You’ll want to continue this step until all the larger scratches have been removed from the stone.
You’ll then want to take the piece of 360 grit sandpaper to further smooth out the stone and help eliminate scratches made by the previous pieces of coarse sandpaper. You should still continue to dip the stone into the soapy water as you do so, keeping it wet. This step needs to be done until nearly all scratches are smoothed out.
Once all the previous steps have been completed, there are no large or significant scratches left on the stone, and you’re happy with the stone’s appearance; You can now take the powdered polish and apply just a dab on a damp denim cloth. The stone can then be polished until you’re happy with its results. It doesn’t take a lot of powder to polish a stone, just a dab should be all you need.