How to hand-polish stone

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How to hand-polish stone
You can hand-polish natural stones to gain maximum beauty and lustre. (Getty Creative)

A beautiful stone found on a beach can be hand-polished to serve as a remembrance of a special vacation spot or summer cottage. Polishing the stone by hand will take time and effort, but will bring out its natural beauty. Large polished stones can serve as bookends or paperweight.

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Things you need

  • Dish soap
  • Stiff brush
  • 50-grade sandpaper
  • 150-grade sandpaper
  • 600-grade sandpaper
  • 1,500-grade sandpaper
  • Natural stones with no protrusions
  • Small tube of powdered polish

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  1. 1

    Wash the stone with dish soap, water and a stiff brush and dry thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Sand the stone with the 50-grade sandpaper, using circular strokes, for five minutes.

  3. 3

    Sand the stone with the 150-grade sandpaper, using circular strokes, for five minutes.

  4. 4

    Sand the stone with the 600-grade sandpaper, using circular strokes for five minutes.

  5. 5

    Squeeze 6 ml (1 teaspoon) of the powdered polish on to the 1,500-grade sandpaper and sand the stone, using circular strokes, for 10 minutes or until the stone develops a sheen.

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