Marble Polishing Ponte Vedra is so much a part of what we do every day. Our company, Fabric and Tile Masters is located in Atlantic Beach Florida, just north of Ponte Vedra.
At Fabric and Tile Masters we initially entered the marble polishing business by refinishing marble tiles on floors. The reason we started refinishing stone in the fist place was because our customers had stone floors in addition to the other surfaces we restored. We learned marble polishing from the great stone genius Maurizio Bertoli, who was tragically killed in an auto accident in 2008. We still buy all our products from MBStone and have participated in joint projects with the current owner, Stu Rosen. To verify our capabilities you as a prospective customer could call Stu and he would verify this.
We expanded into marble counter and wall polishing many years ago and some weeks we process more marble counters than we do floors.
Fabric and Tile Masters receives most of our work from stone fabricators, retailers, distributors and dealers. We also have several interior designers and contractors in Ponte Vedra that use us as well. The bulk of our marble polishing however comes to us as referrals from satisfied customers.
Marble Polishing results are quite different from the results viewed in the two pictures above. These are pictures of the honing process only. There are two finishes we see on a daily basis, the honed finish and the polished finish. The polished finish is a glossy, polished finish. Honed finish is more matt finish
Shiny as a result of being rubbed:a polished mahogany table
In the stone refinishers world, the part of the definition “Shiny as a result of being rubbed” is what we are going to discuss. This definition mentions (in the stone world especially) the act of being rubbed to make shiny, and that would include rubbing with various abrasives of an ascending grit level, until we reached the desired polish finish. The diamond tools we use for travertine polishing are available in 40, 60, 80, 120, 220, 400, 800, 1500, 3500 grit. The object of marble polishing includes starting at a low enough grit to remove the scratches and abrasions that occur over time and proceed to a higher grit level (removing the previous honing cuts scratches) until we develop clarity and depth of color in the stone. When we develop the requisite clarity and depth of color we the use a polishing compound as a final process in marble polishing.
These are the diamonds we use in marble polishing.
These tools are mounted on machines that are strong enough to cut a microscopic layer off the surface of the stone. They create a scratch pattern as they glide over the stone that has to be duplicated with each successive honing cut.
1 1/2, 2 1/2, and 4 horse power diamond grinders.
If you wish for us to polish the floor we will first come out and give you an estimate. We will then schedule the work. We do not require a deposit to do the job in most cases.
Some pictures of marble polishing. You can click on them to enlarge:
The stone is beginning to develop the polish layer. You can see the surrounding areas are hone to 800 grit.
This is a short video of the travertine polishing and honing process on the floor above.
Part of the marble polishing process includes fixing the holes that lose the factory fill. These characteristic holes are filled with several types of laytex, polyester or epoxy filler. In these photos we coated the holes the day before and then we remove them with the diamond tolls shown above the next day.