Bonnet tool polishing is a novel aspherical polishing method. This paper describes a method to obtain the local removal rate for the polishing process using bulbous flexible membrane covered with a polishing pad and pressurized by an internal fluid. According to the principle of bonnet polishing and Preston equation, the local removal rate model was established. It is confirmed by the experiments that the local removal depth has a linear relation with the dwell time. Preston coefficient can be calculated from the experimental data. Finally the expression of the local removal rate in bonnet tool polishing is acquired semi-empirically.