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Old 02-17-2018, 11:49 PM   #1
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Porcelain Tile Tools?

What's the best tool to soften the edge of porcelain tile. I would prefer not to use bullnose along the front of a soaking tub deck but would like to soften the edge a bit. Any idea's?
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Old 02-18-2018, 01:01 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Tim.

Have you considered a metal profile edge?

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Old 02-18-2018, 12:25 PM   #3
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Are you trying to ease the sharp edge from cutting a tile, or to profile it? Big difference. If the later, a profile strip edging is a better choice.

You can buy profiling tools, or if you think you can manage it freehand, a grinder with a diamond pad can work it, but then, to get the edge to look similar to the top surface may be impossible.
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Yep, you can use diamond pads or sometimes sand paper to slightly bevel the edge but if you have glazed porcelain then the bevel won't be glazed like the top side. Some porcelain tiles are thru-body porcelain meaning it has no glaze. Those can be polished to look like the top surface. Like the others said, if you don't like the bullnose look, you might like the metal profile edge.
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:43 AM   #5
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Thank you all for your replies. I have researched and found the metal tile edging, especially the Schluter line as a definite option. I used the 3" x 13" bullnose tiles on the initial job and it looked nice but I think the metal edging makes more sense in terms of time, materials, and finished look. I'm glad I asked....Thanks again.
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:40 PM   #6
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The metal edging is available in so many sizes and colors that you'll find that you'll be able to choose one that blends in so well you may not even notice it. I installed some that was similarly colored as my tile and I had to show my wife it was there. I mean it was obviously not tile, but it was not noticeable in a way that drew your eye to it.
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:56 PM   #7
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Thanks for your reply....I was actually thinking about brushed nickle to match the faucets and other bathroom accessories. I thought about matching the trim to the tile but was a little concerned the the finish may wear or be nicked off and create a maintenance issue. Thanks again.
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I'm using the same one, brushed nickel to match all my finishes. The tile I used also has quite a bit of gray it in, so it blends in very nicely.
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