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#1 posted 07-22-2017 03:32 PM

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By now you will realize that I have no time left for water stones because of their intrinsic propensity to disintegrate and end up hollow. Using another stone to flatten it depends on that stone being flat. Though it may start out flat, it cannot stay flat, so we have a built in problem all around. Forget water stones and get diamonds. How did that song go? Diamonds are a man’s best friend.” It’s a good idea to progress rapidly to diamond plates and better quality ones such as EZE Lap or DMT.

When it comes to particle size as you rightly say I have used 250, 800 and 1,200. This in fact quite arbitrary really because the particulate fractures and becomes finer as you work the stones. What starts out as coarse 250 ends up being much finer the more I use it. Eventually I replace the coarse because of this. It would actually be hard to say what the particle size is on any stone once they have been used for a few weeks. So, instead of become overtly concerned about grit size I have found course fine and superfine from EZE Lap works well and has worked well for me for over a decade. Nothing more philosophical than that really. I will say that I find 8,000 grit a huge jump and would tend to stay with jumping with the buffing compound rather than diamonds. The finer the grit the greater the propensity to surface clog. You don’t get that with compound and a strop or wood.

He makes it sound like you need to replace the course stone quite often. The Eze-lap course (250) is 100 bucks a pop.

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