Diamond paste is a polishing compound made from ground or powdered diamonds suspended in some kind of liquid, usually water based. The paste is used to sharpen and smooth metal tools, as well as many other types of materials. It may be applied with a brush, syringe or spray can. Diamond paste is available in a variety of different grits, from one to several thousand microns wide. The size of the grit determines how finely the tool is polished. For example, a coarser grit removes more material in each pass, while a finer grit removes less.
The specialized Kemet CP diamond paste is designed to polish DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coatings and various ceramic materials. It is highly effective and reliable, allowing for precise and efficient results with a minimal amount of effort.
Typically, diamond paste is used in conjunction with a polishing cloth. A product called a diamond polishing extender fluid can be used to help distribute the paste evenly over the cloth, ensuring that all areas of the tool receive an equal level of polishing. The paste is then rubbed over the surface of the workpiece, smoothing out any scratches or blemishes and achieving an even finish.
When used on a sharpening device, such as the Hira-To Professional Scissors Sharpener, the diamond paste helps to create a very smooth and sharp edge on the blade of the tool. This makes it easier to cut through metals, and can also make the finished product look much nicer. Unlike genuine diamonds, however, paste stones do not have the same mirror-like adamantine lustre, and they will show more signs of wear and tear than a real stone would.
A syringe can be used to apply the diamond paste to the workpiece, making it easy and quick to use. The paste can be sprayed directly onto the workpiece, or it can be dripped onto the surface with the syringe. Some manufacturers offer a variety of syringe sizes, including 2-gram, 5-gram and 10-gram options.
Another important feature of diamond paste is its ability to withstand high temperatures. This is especially important when working on hot metals, such as those found in injection molds. The lubricating properties of the Kemet L oil-based diamond paste allow it to withstand higher temperatures and pressure, preventing it from degrading or melting.
Diamond paste is often used to polish metals such as aluminum, but it can be used on other types of metal, as well as other materials such as glass or ceramics. It can be used to make the surfaces of these materials shiny and smooth, and is commonly used in jewelry production, as well as in manufacturing electronic components. It is important to use a reputable brand of diamond paste to ensure the highest quality and performance.