What is a Hi-Hone finish?

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A hi-hone finish is a finial finish on travertine, marble or limestone that is step less in level of shine from a hi-polish. Depending on the stone, this “step less” can be a huge difference or little difference. Hi-Hone finishes exhibit excellent clarity and a low-polish. Hi-Polish finishes exhibt excellet clarity and hi-polish. One way I can describe it is from a distance looking at a large area, it will look like a hi-hone has a wet look (hi-clarity), however when you look straight down it does NOT have a wet look of a hi-polish, it has a low-polish or more of a satin.

This was taken during a job. You can see a hi-hone will even out the shine and provide a nice lo gloss level of finish. Unlike a hi-polish, it does not exhibit the “wet look” when you are looking straight down at the natural finish.
Here is a different prospective look of the same hi-hone finish. When looking almost straight down, it has more of a satin or lo-gloss appearance. You can see from the before picture, it added a lot more clarity and color to the travertine. This clarity is what makes the travertine appear cleaner. This is often the finish for a customer that just doesn’t want a hi-polish, but wants a cleaner looking travertine floor.
Here is grind job we refinished to a hi-hone.
As you can tell from looking at different travertine floors, at different angles with different lighting, they all seem a little different shine level. This is why I post some of these pictures to show a range of what you can expect should you choose a hi-hone finish.

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