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Unread 10-01-2017, 03:05 PM   #1
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Glass Tile Backsplash

I've got a job I'm inspecting now. The product is Bedrosians Mallorca Arabesque glass tile. The problem is that the chatter, (primarily on edges), shows through and looks like a residue of black specs.
How can you cut this tile without getting little chatter or should you back butter the sheets before placing?
Any tips? ideas?
Can't find an ANSI standard other than workmanship issues in the handbook.
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Unread 10-01-2017, 03:16 PM   #2
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The only trick I had for this was to cover the cut in masking tape and make the cut. On high end things like this, I would factor in the cost of a new glass blade and I would put in a high-end blade.

Back buttering won't do much to correct it because what you are seeing is the diffusion of light through the cracks more than the chipping of the backing.

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Unread 10-01-2017, 04:31 PM   #3
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Masking tape usually worked for me also, so I'm thinking (although I was told he used it), masking was not used?
Legitimate reason to replace?

I can't think of any way to correct
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Unread 10-01-2017, 05:01 PM   #4
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Snap cutter, high quality glass blade, diamond pad to clean up the edge, and if the paint still chips on the backing then touch it up with paint.

I wouldnt be happy if I was the customer.
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This is basically reason I charge about 30% more for glass installs. Whenever possible, the tile should be snapped, this results in the cleanest lines. Everything else I set my blade to cut only 1/2 way through the thickness of the tile and cut from the back, then from the front. Then polish with diamond pads for a completely uniform look. I don't use a glass specific blade, because I have found that even glass blades still chip the glaze on the back. Just smearing white thinset on the chipped parts would have gone a long way to hiding these defects.
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What Ryan said

Watch this

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Great video Ryan.
As earlier stated even new blades just won't get that clean of an edge. It was a higher end tract home but the upgraded (tile/wood/mirrors/etc.), were in excess of 125k.
If your charging that coin, you gotta bring in the A team
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The Montolit CPV and the Alpha glass blade are both excellent leaving chip free cuts.
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