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Unread 01-25-2019, 01:24 PM   #1
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Advice: Miniscule Lippage Removal

I made square surround using 12" travertine crown end-butted (no grout). Of the 14 joints (4 of which are 45° miters) I managed to get 10 perfect; meaning perfectly aligned. The balance have a hairs' width lippage which bothers me on a neural level. But it seems it couldn't be avoided, attributed to my skill level with this art.

Lippage is so minimal that I imagine grinding it away using a honing stone of some sort. I own a whetstone for sharping knives, but this seems inelegant.

Rather than ugly-up my otherwise not-half-bad work, I need advice.

Suggestions? Recommendations?
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Unread 01-25-2019, 02:53 PM   #2
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Travertine is a softer stone, so many options to smooth it down and polish it back. Go nuts.
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Unread 01-25-2019, 03:11 PM   #3
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butting tiles together with no grout joint is a no no .
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Unread 01-25-2019, 08:29 PM   #4
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What's a square surround?
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Unread 03-29-2020, 10:04 AM   #5
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"square surround"...
akin to 'Some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a kaiser blade.'

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examples of no lippage vs. lippage...

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Unread 03-29-2020, 10:54 AM   #6
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Like you said, miniscule. I would grout it and move on. I'm pretty detail oriented too.
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I'm afraid if you start going over it with a whetstone, you'll have a lot of scratches in it that would be hard to remove. I would practice on a scrap piece first.

But, I'm with Jerry. You likely have just as much lippage in the field tiles surrounding the square. I'd grout it and move on.
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Those travertine chair rails are rarely perfect.The profiles will vary from piece to piece. Most times when we install them we will put a grout joint to hide the imperfections.
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I also like beating the details to perfection. But I agree with the others that it’s better to leave that alone rather than grinding it.

Quick question: is that a backsplash behind something like a wet bar...or behind a stove?

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