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Old 03-05-2018, 07:31 AM   #1
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Whats your method to bullnose travertine on wall?

I need to (re-) bullnose some travertine thats already on the wall. What would your method/tooling be? My thought is either 3” diamond resin pads on variable speed polisher or 5” psa sandpaper discs? Start at what grit and go to approx what grit to match the shine (between honed and polished)? Or would you tackle this by hand with the diamond sponges, sanding blocks etc? A few dozen linear ft.

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Old 03-05-2018, 08:48 AM   #2
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Hi Stuart,

You can achieve the honed look with 600 grit wet. Start with 60 and work your way through.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:17 AM   #3
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i'm not a tile pro on this site, i'm a question asker. but this might help.

your right diamond pads with automation can be used: but are expensive, maybe more appropriate for someone who regularly does "this job"

the auto store has all grades of wet sandpaper (350-2000) for (metal). they do "scratch" stone (esp a soft stone). they wear prematurely as they are not designed for stone.

wet sand paper would be more elbow work but a cheaper purchase (tens of dollars), and i think if you try it you'll see 2000 is a shine (a cotton polishing wheel after with compound can bring mirror like finish). you definitely need to use each grade (starting at 600?) fully before jumping to the next higher grit, and not skip any grit.

(compare to finishing a concrete floor: pads cost several hundred)

it just so happens a few weeks ago i did this trick to take the "whitish edge" off black granite due to using a tile saw for cutting, to make it appear more black by smoothing the cut areas, using just one grade of paper.

but i'm NOT a tile pro. i do not know if removing the tile is more time effective, or other factors, or how to price the job: i'm an ASE auto repair pro and science pro

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