Polishing Cloths


Polishing cloths for metallographic sample testing are used along with an abrasive to remove layers of surface deformation and expose the material structure for analysis.

Because polishing is such a critical step in sample preparation, it’s important to choose a high quality polishing cloth. Buehler's metallographic polishing cloth pads are thoroughly tested and developed with MetaDi Diamond to provide a complete solution that delivers reliable results for each sample processed.

The type of polishing cloth used depends heavily on the material being processed and the requirements for the final analysis. With a variety of fabrics, weaves and naps, Buehler has a cloth to fit every application.

Polishing cloths are available with PSA and Magnetic backings. Utilize the magnetic backing for an efficient and easy-to-use solution. The durable magnet provides consistent polishing results while reducing the changeover time between cloths.

See the Buehler Polishing Guide for more information, tips, and selection guide.

Increase Efficiency with Magnetic Backing:

  • Simplify the polishing process by eliminating the time-consuming process of removing a worn polishing cloth and adhering a new cloth to a carrier plate. Magnetic backed polishing cloths are ready to use straight out of the box!

Highest Quality Results:

  • Buehler's premium performance cloths are engineered for long life and superior surface finish.

Advanced Solutions:

  • Buehler’s offering of polishing cloths provides industry leading solutions for a wide variety of applications. Trust the experts at Buehler to develop a process to meet the specific needs of your lab.

Polishing Cloths Specifications
  Cloth Recommended Micron Size Abrasive Type Applications
COARSE UltraPad™ 6µm & Up Diamond Ferrous materials and thermal spray coatings
COARSE UltraPol™ 6µm & Up Diamond Minerals, coals, ceramics, inclusion retention in steels, and refractory metals
COARSE TexMet™ P 6µm & Up Diamond Electronics, ceramics, carbides, petrographic, hard metals, glass, and metal matrix composites
INTERMEDIATE Nylon 6µm & Up Diamond Ferrous materials, sintered carbides, and cast irons
INTERMEDIATE TexMet C 15µm to 0.02µm Diamond, Al2O3, SiO2 Ferrous and nonferrous metals, ceramics, electronics, PCB’s, thermal spray coatings, cast irons, cermets, minerals, composites, plastics
INTERMEDIATE TriDent™ 15µm to 0.02µm Diamond, Al2O3 Ferrous and nonferrous metals, microelectronics, polymer matrix composites, coatings
INTERMEDIATE VerduTex 9µm to 1µm Diamond Ferrous and nonferrous metals, microelectronics, coatings
INTERMEDIATE VelTex 9µm to 1µm Diamond Soft metals
INTERMEDIATE WhiteFelt™ 6µm to 0.02µm Diamond, Al2O3, SiO2 Ferrous and nonferrous metals
INTERMEDIATE PoliCloth 6µm to 1µm Diamond Cast iron, copper and aluminum alloys
FINE MicroCloth™ 5µm to 0.02µm Diamond, Al2O3, SiO2 Ferrous and nonferrous metals, ceramics, composites, PCBs, cast irons, cermets, plastics, electronics
FINE MicroFloc 3µm to 0.02µm Diamond, Al2O3, SiO2 Ferrous and nonferrous materials
FINE MasterTex™ 1µm to 0.05µm Al2O3, SiO2 Soft nonferrous and microelectronic
FINE ChemoMet™ 1µm to 0.02µm Al2O3, SiO2 Titanium, stainless steel, lead/tin, solders, electronic packages, soft nonferrous metals, plastics

Magnetic Backed Polishing Cloths
Cloth Quantity 8"[203mm] 10"[254mm] 12"[305mm]
Ultrapad 5/pack 42-3008 42-3010 42-3012
Nylon 5/pack 42-3108 42-3110 42-3112
TexMet C 5/pack 42-3208 42-3210 42-3212
TriDent 5/pack 42-3308 42-3310 42-3312
VerduTex 5/pack 42-3408 42-3410 42-3412
VelTex 5/pack 42-3508 42-3510 42-3512
PoliCloth 5/pack 42-3608 42-3610 42-3612
MicroCloth 5/pack 42-3708 42-3710 42-3712
MicroFloc 5/pack 42-3808 42-3810 42-3812
MasterTex 5/pack 42-3908 42-3910 42-3912
ChemoMet 5/pack 42-4008 42-4010 42-4012
Apex™ Hercules
Type 8"[203mm] 10"[254mm] 12"[305mm]
Apex Hercules H
For materials ≥ HRC20
41-2740-308-001 41-2740-310-001 41-2740-312-001
Apex Hercules S
For materials < HRC20
41-2740-408-001 41-2740-410-001 41-2740-412-001
PSA Backed Polishing Cloths
Cloth Quantity 8"[203mm] 10"[254mm] 12"[305mm]
UltraPad 10/pack 40-7118 40-7120 40-7122
UltraPol 10/pack 40-7448 40-7450 40-7452
TexMet P 5/pack 40-7638 40-7640 40-7642
Nylon 10/pack 40-7068 40-7070 40-7072
TexMet C 10/pack 40-1108 40-1110 40-1112
TriDent 10/pack 40-7518 40-7520 40-7522
VerduTex 10/pack 40-8018 40-8020 40-8022
VelTex 10/pack 40-8218 40-8220 40-8222
WhiteFelt 5/pack 16-2002 16-2502 16-3002
PoliCloth 10/pack 40-8418 40-8420 40-8422
MicroCloth 10/pack 40-7218 40-7220 40-7222
MicroFloc 10/pack 40-8318 40-8320 40-8322
MasterTex 10/pack 40-7738 40-7740 40-7742
ChemoMet 10/pack 40-7918 40-7920 40-7922


Polishing Cloths
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