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Old 06-12-2018, 08:40 PM   #1
Meredith R
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limestone backsplash lippage - can you sand it?

We had a teardrop natural limestone back splash and installed very recently. When hiring the licensed contractor my husband and I both stated that #1 we are picky, #2 that we expect the job to look like a professional installed the tile otherwise we would do it ourselves, and #3 we won't pay you unless it looks professional, and #4 no we are not kidding and are 100% serious.
Backstory, when we bought the house it was previously a rental and nothing had been updated or touched since the house was built in 1968. We have added rooms, moved walls, stripped the house to the studs, re-roofed etc. We have MANY contractors in our home and only 3 would I recommend to friendsÖ.so we were CRYSTAL CLEAR on expectations.
So the contractor assures us we have nothing to worry about. Come back after a day our and tile is installed in wrong direction along 2 walls (after giving the guy a drawing), each wall the tile starts at a different tile height (one wall at half a tile, the other at 25% of a tile), there is a ton of lippage, and on another wall which only has a very small area tiled the tile is crooked. We refuse to pay for anything as we are out 600 dollars for back splash. Contractor agrees to redo and pays for additional tile.
Job is done. At least the tile starts on all walls uniformly at half a tile and in the right direction, but the lippage is still there and the small wall area is still crooked! At this point I donít even feel like mentioning the gray thin set they used is showing through the grout lines (the tile is a very light off white)Ö.
Iím thinking we just sand it down ourselves to make it all the same level, then replace the crooked area ourselves. Has anyone sanded down a backsplash and maybe have some advice?
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Yes you can grind / sand down soft stones. You may run into trouble getting the finish to match once you've got it down to level, but increasing the grit, and enlarging the area until it all matched usually works for honed surfaces. Polished surfaces take far more skill.

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