The Natural Lightning Lap is individually crafted to have a smooth, extremely durable polishing surface and can used with any kind of oxide, or diamond polishes (1200-grit or finer). It's impervious to chemicals as well as high heat. The polishing surface is extremely hard; greater than cast iron.
The unique cohesive nature of the Natural Lightning Lap allows freely-applied polishes in oil or water sprays or slurries to temporarily reside in micro pockets all along the surface and remain there to promote a fine finish. Polishing can be achieved quickly with extremely flat facets.
Apply only enough hand pressure on the stone to the lap until you feel a bit of a "tug or pull" of the stone across the lap surface. Holding on to the stone instead of the quill or dop shank is also a preferred technique. This prevents stress to the dopped joint which can cause your stone to fly off the dop!
Lubricants include distilled, IO, purified or charcoal-filtered water, silicone oil extender, Vaseline, oil, WD-40, olive oil, etc; just about anything you choose to use. Clean, pure lubricants are essential to a scratch-free facet surface! Tap water may contain all manner of impurities. So it's best to stay away from its use. Filtered drinking water is preferred if purer forms of water cannot be obtained. Do NOT reuse water or oils that have been used in the polishing process!
A thorough cleansing between polishing mediums is all that is needed to insure no cross-contamination. Cleanup with alcohol, soap and water, 3M scrubber and Bon Ami kitchen cleanser or similar, will ensure a clean surface for your next polishing medium. See Lightning Lap's Free Instructions for more details.
Available in both Standard and Topper configurations. The Lightning Lap Natural Topper Polishing System is the same product as the original LL, but with a 4 mm thickness (0.125"). It must be used on a master lap.
With advancements in technology, Lightning Lap has continued to evolve since inception. Our goal has been to help meet the needs of lapidary users everywhere. If it wasn't for the wonderful community at large, Lightning Lap wouldn't even exist. It is your honest input that has stirred the juices of thought and experimentation. Thanks to all supporters and aficionados of LL products which have come to life for you; and even for some, because of you. For without your friendship and support, none of these ideas would likely exist. Still, we must not rest on our laurels. New paths to perfecting brightness await the mind and hand!
"With advancements in technology, Lightning Lap continues to evolve. Our goal is to help meet the needs of lapidary users everywhere. If it wasn't for the wonderful community at large, Lightning Lap wouldn't even exist. It is your honest input that has stirred the juices of thought and experimentation. Thanks to all supporters and aficionados of LL products. Without your friendship and support, none of these ideas would likely exist."