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04-19-2008, 10:46 PM
I am attempting a granite tile (12x12) countertop install. The tile company also produces prefab edge/bullnose pieces. Should these be installed 1st - to square the job - or last??? I'm thinking first...

Also - I have never work with natural stone so I don't understand the "sealing before grout". How do you do that?

Thanks in advance for any help!!!

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04-20-2008, 05:30 AM
To seal before grouting; lay a bunch of tile out on a flat surface. Seal.

Are the bullnose pieces the same thickness as the tiles? I do both at the same time installing the thicker piece first.

04-20-2008, 08:33 AM
No, the edge pieces are 2" x 27"

04-20-2008, 08:57 AM
No, the edge pieces are 2" x 27"

Kelly, you can hire a local granite fabrication shop to polish/bullnose the edges of those 12x12's prior to install.

04-20-2008, 11:20 AM
Or....consider using Schluter's "Rondec Step" trim piece. I just bought some for the marble countertop I am doing in my kitchen. Pic of a dry layout with the Rondec just to see how it will look...

04-20-2008, 11:26 AM
No, the edge pieces are 2" x 27"

What is the third dimension?
When you put a piece of stone next to it; are they the same thickness?
Did you get this stuff at Floor & Decor? I've been seeing these size pieces lately.

04-23-2008, 12:22 AM
Kelly, we just finished same type thing in bathroom. Is it correct that you are using a bullnose specifically made for the edge? First, you will probably need to back butter the tile if you use thinset.

We had many opinions about first or last as well. We finally decided to do last and just line up with the grout lines of the field tiles. It worked fine, but we had a travertine decorative edge that is 12" long by 2.5" high and are very heavy. Our tile specialists here suggested using PL construction adhesive instead of thinset for the deco edges and that seems to have worked well. However, the pieces are solid stone and heavy. We knew we would have to tape them up to hold in place, but due to the weight, it still was pulling them down. So we had to cut scrap pieces of wood to brace up from below. We cut them a tiny bit short and used a shim to adjust it to perfect height and then taped. 24 hours later, bingo! In hindsight, I would do them last so the field tile you are taping onto for support is already fixed and can't scoot. Depending on how heavy, be ready to prop up as well.

Regarding sealing before grout, simple! We set in thinset, let cure for 24 hours, then wiped sealer onto face of tile with a sponge paint brush very lightly, avoiding getting sealer into grout space. Let sit for amount of time in instructions, then wipe off. We let that sit for a couple of hours then grouted and had absolutely no problem at all, not even much haze to worry about, but then I am a sponge fanatic and make sure that I get as much off at the outset as possible. Good luck!