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Unread 02-09-2019, 06:42 PM   #1
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New Countertops - Best practice to protect them during backsplash install?

I'm doing my first small tile project for a customer. They just installed brand new granite countertops and I want to make sure I don't ruin them in the install, grouting, caulking phases of the project. Does anybody have good tips or lessons learned that could help me out? I appreciate it.

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Unread 02-09-2019, 10:42 PM   #2
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Even though granite is fairly tough, I've seen homeowners freak out when a tool of any kind is set on their new countertops. I remember a lady taping signs to her countertops saying not to touch her counters with anything. She left for a while and came back to find the electrician standing on her island to hang a light. Yikes, I thought she was going to kill the guy. I always cover countertops with brown paper or Ram board and blue tape. Homeowners like seeing that.

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I tape a drop sheet to the counter and let it hang down over the cabinets so my tape measure don't bang the cabinets. Then I have 2' sheets of Masonite that I put on top of the drop sheets.

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Yap. Really hard to hurt granite or quartz. Do be terrified of marble though.
For a real job I’ll cover with painters paper held about a half inch from drywall ( enough to accommodate tile and silicone) , then a nice clean canvas runner with the nonslip rubber dots over the tops and down two feet of the cabinet faces. It’s all about appearance honestly.
Over my tops or a friends, I use nothing.

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Ram board does work great. Even taping some cardboard down.

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Unread 02-16-2019, 07:07 PM   #6
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I’m like James hah, painters paper but know I won’t be doing anything that will come close to hurting the top. I always cut a separate sheet that is taped over the sink area so when I leave for the day they can use it. Also fold all my paper up so the drawers are accessible again
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