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Unread 09-08-2008, 07:11 PM   #1
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Smile Cutting quartz countertop

Hi everyone...I know this is a little off topic, but I am in need of help and someone mentioned this forum as place for advise.
I am renovating my kitchen and do to some reconfiguration, I need to cut my quartz countertop. This material is approx. 1" thick. I have a 10" wet saw with a 5/8" arbor. The cuts are all going to be exposed, so I would like a nice clean chip free cut that will need to be polished out. So my question is 2 fold:
1. What saw blade would you recommend for this application?
2. What polishing kit would you recommend for a dark color quartz?

I understand that quartz is a very hard material and a "special" blade is required so any advise would be much appreciated.

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Unread 09-08-2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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Almost any decent wetsaw blade will cut it,but you may want to look for the (chip free granite blade) type from any reputable dealer.As for polishing, keep in mind quartz is the basic element of granite, so get a set of granite polishing pads, and your choice of multispeed polisher,(Alpha,Makita,MK) with both rigid, and semirigid backer pads, and a granite polishing powder,or gel.Try Granquartz..Regent stone products,Bellenzoni,or others.

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Unread 09-09-2008, 05:26 PM   #3
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Diamonds are much harder than quartz. The hassle you may have is the bonding material (plastic?) that holds the manufacturered stuff together. It might clog up the blade...don't know, never tried. You may have the same problem polishing it. The Dupont Zodiac stuff (used to be anyways) was only fabricated in two places in the North American continent because of the special tools needed to deal with it. Silestone and others are done at local shops. So, it might be easy, it might be a disaster...
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