Garnet paper

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An abrasive paper prepared from crushed and ground garnets. Garnet particles have sharper cutting edges than Aluminum oxide, but are expensive and the particles dull rapidly when used on metal. They also can scratch Glass. Garnet paper works well for polishing Wood and smoothing Gesso. The grades of garnet paper range from no.5 (coarse-about 15 mesh to 7/0 (fine-about 220 mesh). Kraft paper is generally used as the backing with a varnish resin as the adhesive. To decrease costs, some commercially available garnet cloths are actually prepared with Quartz.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Mohs Hardness 6.5 - 7.0


Properties of Common Abrasives

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 355
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Tom Rowland, Noel Riley, A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques, Constable and Co., Ltd., London, 1981
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980