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Polishing is the process of creating a smooth and shiny surface by rubbing it or using a chemical action, leaving a surface with minimal diffuse reflection and significant specular reflection (still limited by the index of refraction of the material according to the Fresnel equations.)[1] When the surface is magnified thousands of times, it usually looks like mountains and valleys. By repeated abrasion, those "mountains" are worn down until they are flat or just small "hills." The process of polishing with abrasives starts with coarse ones and graduates to fine ones.

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Metalworking

Other polishing processes include:

Woodworking

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References

  1. ^ Polish, http://www.answers.com/polishing, retrieved 2008-01-04  .

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