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murphysboy

12:15PM | 03/30/04
Member Since: 03/25/04
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I am toying with the idea of using 12" granite tile squares for the surface of my new kitchen countertops and backsplash. The only hurdle I can't seem to overcome is what to do with the exposed edge where the surface tile will meet the face tile along the front edge of the countertop. Is there any method available to the do-it-yourselfer to bevel and polish the exposed edge so that it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb? I've seen countertops where they use wood along the edge to coverup the exposed edge, but I think it looks tacky.

Floorcraft

01:00PM | 03/30/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
I would highly recommend trying to get you to forget DIY polished edge.

do a search on Benissimo, it has a factory edge that looks like 3/4 Granite slab, good stuff. There may be other companies with similiar products. Definately a good choice.

tammy888

11:40AM | 04/18/07
Member Since: 04/17/07
1 lifetime posts
WE HAVE A FLOORING STORE AND MY HUSBAND DOES A LOT OF GRANITE TILE. I MAKE THE DESIGNS FOR HIM NAD HE JUST DOES THE WORK. DEPENDING ON WHAT KIND OF GRANITE OR MARBLE YOU CHOOSE, YOU CAN USE A MARBLE CHAIR RAIL ARROUND THE EDGES. YOU CAN ALSO BY THE MATCHINGTILE TO USE AS THE BACK SPLASH. ITS IS ABSOLUTLY BEAUTIFUL! LOTS PRETTIER THAN THE SOLID GRANITE! HOPE THAT HELPS. GOOD LUKE!!!!

Tileguybob

04:00PM | 04/18/07
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
To do it right you would have to spend about $600 on tools and grinding/polishing pads. You can try a palm sander and use various grits to work shine onto the stone and remove any saw marks from the factory. Some have used gloss nail polish to give it some final shine but I dont know how long that lasts. There ia a company called American Bullnose with various locations around the country where you ship them your tile and they put a finished edge on it. Think its around $15 a piece.

Take a look at SpectraLock Pro epoxy grout from Laticrete. Very user friendly and easy to clean up but it is expensive. Good stuff on a countertop in the kitchen.

On one counter I recently did the carpenter put a wood chair rail piec on the edge but dropped it down about 1/$ below the surface of the granite, made it easy to wipe crumbs and spills off the granite and not get anything caught in a crevice between the woofd and stone.

For proper buildup of the subsurface to support the tile go to www.creativeceramicandmarble.com Scroll down to countertops and read the narrative. Some good pictures there also

Tileguybob

04:03PM | 04/18/07
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
Make that - drop the wood down 1/4" not 1/$

Remodelerone

08:02PM | 04/24/07
Member Since: 03/27/07
2 lifetime posts
Check out www.bedrockcreations.net for diyer friendly granite countertops. It's completely modular. Just cut and install. No polishing and no beveling required. Warning! This is not slab! These are 12" tiles with matching 3"x12" edges, and 3'x3" outside corners. This is a diyer kit. Easy to install.
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skausa

06:38AM | 07/15/07
Member Since: 07/14/07
1 lifetime posts
Have you had any luck on how to finish up th edges? I have the same problem with my granite tile project.

Bullnose is also an option but you will still have sharp edges. The only way I can see it to cut the 90 degree angles in a curve but what tolls do we need?
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