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Gearloose Lap Application Charts

These tables are suggestions for use of the various Gearloose laps.

They are based on experience reports from a wide variety of faceters, from beginners to competition and production cutters, and reported on from the Faceters’ forums online over the years. All individuals use differing techniques, with variations in lap speed, pressure, wetness, and sweeping rate, so these tables are suggested starting points.

Brief Summary


Following cutting on a #600 lap:

Pre-Polish with 3000 Diamond on BATT™  OR 8000 Diamond on Cast Zinc.

Polish:

  • QUARTZ with CeO or Chrome Oxide on DARKSIDE™ OR GREENWAY™
  • Everything from fluorite to sapphire with BATT™ 60K or 100K Diamond.

In addition, Beryls/Garnets are especially responsive to Chrome Oxide/Darkside™. Peridot and tourmalines are polished exceptionally well with Alumina on Darkside but have traditionally been done on BATT™ with diamond.

 

Product Application Charts

Note: Colored elements indicate preferred use.
Binary polish / pre-polish combinations use the characteristics of each primary material. Examples are Redwing™ and Dominatrix™

Product Common Use Polish Agent Ease of Use MHO Range Primary Market
BATT Polish or Pre-Polish Diamond / Oxide Normal 4 to 9 Instructional / Commercial / Hobby
BA5T Polish / Pre-Polish Diamond Normal 5 to 9 Competition & Production
Darkside Polish Diamond or Oxide Easy 4 to 9 Instruction / Commercial / Hobby
Greenway Polish Water / Oxide Easiest 3 to 8 All Commercial & Hobby
Cast Zinc Polish / Pre-Polish Diamond Easy 6 to 9 All Commercial & Hobby
Matrix Polishing Diamond or Oxide Easiest 5 to 9 Instruction / Commercial / Hobby
DiaMatrix Polishing Diamond / Oxide Easy 6 to 9 Competition & Production
Twistor Pre-Polish Water Normal 7 to 9.5 Commercial / Production
LightSide Polish Diamond / Oxide Easiest 2 to 7 Instruction / Commercial / Hobby
Creamway Polish Water / Oxide Easiest 4 to 7 All Commercial & Hobby


Best Uses

Best Results: ****
Good Results: ****
Poor Results: ***
Not Effective: **

Material BATT BA5T Darkside Oxide Darkside Diamond Greenway
Almandine **** **** **** **** ****
Andalusite **** **** **** **** ****
Apatite **** **** **** **** ****
Beryl **** **** **** **** ****
Chrysoberyl **** **** **** **** ****
Corundum **** **** ** **** *
Cubic Zirconia **** **** ** **** **
Feldspars **** **** **** **** ****
Fluorite **** **** **** **** ****
Grossular **** **** **** **** ****
Lolite **** **** **** **** ****
Opal ** ** **** ** ****
Peridot **** **** **** **** ****
Pyrope **** **** **** **** ****
Quartz ** ** **** **** ****
Rhodolite **** **** **** **** ****
Scapolite **** **** **** **** ****
Spessartine **** **** **** **** ****
Sphalerite **** **** **** **** ****
Sphene **** **** **** **** ****
Spinel **** **** **** **** **
Topaz **** **** **** **** ****
Tourmaline **** **** **** **** ****
Zircon **** **** ** **** ****
Zoisite **** **** **** **** ****