Concrete countertops are great for the kitchen. Aside from being durable and strong, they are also easy to maintain and clean. However, you don’t just create a concrete countertop without considering the aesthetics of your kitchen. You also need to make it look beautiful and presentable to be at par with other countertop types.
Aside from color and style, making it look smooth and polished is an extra factor that adds to the beauty of a concrete countertop. Polishing it is the perfect way to achieve a good finish on its surface. To do this, you’ll need a diamond polishing pad to efficiently smoothen your concrete countertop. With so many types of diamond polishing pads and discs, it can be confusing which one is right for your needs. Here are some of the basic factors you should consider when choosing a diamond polishing pad.
Concrete polishing pads come in different sizes, depending on what you need. For large, flat areas, wider pads with a 7” diameter or more are better since they are more stable and efficient in finishing the surface for a short time. However, these pads won’t work well on narrow areas or edges of countertops. You’ll need a smaller pad about 3” to 4” in diameter for better stability on the surface and even processing. A 5” polishing pad is the most stable among all pad types since you can use it in either wide or narrow spaces.
Polishing pads are available in different sizes. Thicker ones are perfect for flat areas since they don’t bend while polishing. They also last longer than thinner ones, however, there’s a tendency for them to cup after drying. On the other hand, thinner polishing pads are more flexible making them perfect for polishing curved surfaces. However, they don’t last longer compare to thick pads.
Quality of Diamond
The diamond in polishing pads is the one doing all the work to smoothen and polish a concrete surface. The price of polishing pads actually depends a lot on the quality of diamond it has. Since you can’t see them when looking at the polishing pad, you need to ask and trust the manufacturer about the product you’re getting.
Expensive pads most likely have the best diamonds in them with uniform sizes which could polish faster and produce a perfect surface. Cheap pads are more likely to contain low-grade diamonds with a huge variation in sizes. This produces a low-quality surface and polishes slower as well.
Open-patterned pads with deep and wide channels are meant for coarse honing. The deep channels allow the residue to go out of the polishing pad immediately, which is common when doing the aggressive cutting. However, pads with narrow channels are only perfect for polishing since there is lesser residue needed to be ejected.
To know which polishing pad you need, determine first what you want to achieve for your countertop. Whether it is heavy cutting or just polishing, there is definitely a perfect polishing pad for your needs.