", excited to get started. You now should have a beautifully polished rock for your collection. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. The Verdict. What's the best way to polish and clean greenstone? This is a Grind Polish box to help contain overspray when wet polishing. Geodes are true geological curiosities. Use thin, light coats and let dry fully between coats. I could do this, "What helped me was the final polishing step with the leather and polish, and the comment on mineral oil. Place the rocks in the barrel, add two level tablespoons of rock polish (we use aluminum oxide powder or TXP) per pound of rock, add water to just below the level of the rocks. If you are happy with the shape of your rock, don’t worry about shaping it. If you want to polish hard stones, try it with power tools. There are a myriad of polish and stone-polishing pad combinations; our preference is charging a soft leather pad with a thin paste of Holy Cow stone polishing compound and water. You can use an old cement mixer to tumble large rocks like you wish to do. Having placed all the material properly, you should clean all the dirt off the stones. 1 decade ago. To tell if it’s a geode, knock on it. You can polish rock slabs to make items, such as bookends, tabletops or even kitchen counter tops. Remember to clean your tumbler thoroughly, or else it will get clogged and won’t work effectively. After four or five days, stop the machine and open it up. ", "Gave more info on the tube of polish so the guy at the hardware knows what I'm asking for. We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. At this point, you may choose to either continue polishing with the cloth, or you may coat the stones and gems with mineral oil or commercial rock polish. Thoroughly wash your rocks and the tumbler until they are spotless. –T>ÞÔ "1Ä´‚cKPxfÖh¡G¹–‹xӁtó@¨GŠŽ±&GôŽr…ñ8D€È[´„ÁRIƒkå‡0¦Æ¦,A5½„5Cý6tcôÓÁ;ԙ&$äoõ¸>Â[„67Êq½ßð÷â3wûŸ–4Ï{×àºPUƱ—œð‚ÂH ìS:ê¡Á˜ì»ÎSN {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/4\/4f\/Polish-Rocks-Step-1-Version-6.jpg\/v4-460px-Polish-Rocks-Step-1-Version-6.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/4\/4f\/Polish-Rocks-Step-1-Version-6.jpg\/aid185772-v4-728px-Polish-Rocks-Step-1-Version-6.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":546,"licensing":"

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