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Unread 11-07-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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Granite Tile Countertop: Schluter Sink Rail?

Our contractor asked how the glass and stone bullet tile backsplash should be installed to conceal the unfinished sides of the stone bullets. He said that the stone bullets were too small to smooth.

The Schluter backsplash trim and counter to backsplash transitions shown here look good: http://schluterhouse.com/

Our contractor also mentioned that it's going to take him hours to polish the edges of the granite tile for our counter top. The Schluter sink rails would eliminate the need to polish edges.

These trims look good on the Schluter web site, but I wonder if they would be too reminiscent of the aluminum trim that was once commonly used with laminate . Do the Schluter trims make a granite tile installation look "cheap".

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Unread 11-08-2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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What looks cheap is all in the eyes of the beholder. Schluter tile edge is widely used and looks attractive IMO. If you want something a little nicer, look into making trim pencils from a matching granite. The contractor should be able to polish the edges or cheat the polish with some color enhancing sealer. It may well take him a few hours, but as long as you are paying for that time, he should not complain too much.
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I'm with you but my vote doesn't count. What does Mrs Jack want?

Polishing small mosaics does take time but it can be done. Maybe you need to bring in a new installer for just this part of the tiling? Many times we are brought in to tile just the master bathroom for example.
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Jack,

I'm with you but my vote doesn't count. What does Mrs Jack want?

Polishing small mosaics does take time but it can be done. Maybe you need to bring in a new installer for just this part of the tiling? Many times we are brought in to tile just the master bathroom for example.
I like to research options before I present them to her. With all the remodeling chaos, changing directions can add to the stress. The contractor likes to most work himself, except for the drywall hacks he hired. I had to fix about 60
defects in their skim coats which I only found when I shined a halogen light on the walls.
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What looks cheap is all in the eyes of the beholder. Schluter tile edge is widely used and looks attractive IMO. If you want something a little nicer, look into making trim pencils from a matching granite. The contractor should be able to polish the edges or cheat the polish with some color enhancing sealer. It may well take him a few hours, but as long as you are paying for that time, he should not complain too much.
Thanks for the pencil suggestion. The sealer might work also.

The contractor described how he polishes granite tile edges by laying them out in a long line clamped to a workbench. He then makes many passes with some type of sander or polisher using graduated grit abrasive.

-11 degrees C in Williams Lake tonight. We once drove through there in winter in an air-cooled VW Squareback. It had a gas heater, but my wife still got chillblanes. I had to put a crankcase heater on it when it got down to -22 F in Fort Nelson.
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