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Unread 10-15-2009, 06:52 PM   #1
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Polish cut ceramic tile edges?

I'm making normal cuts in ceramic tile to fit the layout on a floor. The tiles I am using come with rough bevels around the edges. When I cut a tile in half say, would it make sense to try and fix the cut edge so it matches the uncut edges? After cutting the tile I'd have to cut a small bevel (my saw can do this) on the cut edge, rough it up a bit with an angle grinder, and then polish the edge.

Is this too much work and not worth the effort? I think one problem is that the cut edge will be a different color because it won't have the glazing on it. I'm thinking now that the sharp cut edge would be less noticeable than the off color beveled edge I'd create.
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Unread 10-15-2009, 06:55 PM   #2
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Randy unlesss it's through body porcelain i'd say you'll have a tough time matching the factory edge.This is one thing i look for in helping customers and designers come up with projects.
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Unread 10-15-2009, 07:10 PM   #3
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My tiles are from DelConca and described as porcelain ceramic tiles, whatever than means. Maybe I'll experiment with one and see how it goes.
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Unread 10-15-2009, 09:47 PM   #4
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Hello Randy,
What kinda cuts are you going to have in the middle of the floor?
If I can't hide the cut anywhere I usually just knock off the sharpness with a 60 grit paper (not a bevel) unless it has a factory microbevel or is natural stone.
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Unread 10-15-2009, 10:40 PM   #5
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Del Conca is the tile sold at Lowes I think.

but like Dave said, it would need to be through body color to try and resemble the factory rough edge
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Unread 10-15-2009, 11:24 PM   #6
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My first question is why are you going to have cut glazed tiles showing on a floor? unless it is a transition to different flooring.
I see people do cut patterns with glazed tile on floors and I always think it looks bad. If you want to do that get natural stone or through body porcelain.

I get what you are suggesting, and I think it will look bad, honestly.
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Unread 10-16-2009, 09:11 AM   #7
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Well, now that I think about it, I shouldn't have any cut tiles showing. Silly me. All the cuts should be around the edges of the floor, which will be covered by baseboard.

Maybe I was thinking about when I do a backsplash above the countertops I've yet to have installed. I'll be using the same tiles, only 4" instead of the 12" floor tiles. There are some areas of the backsplash that will have cut tiles showing.
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Here is a related question. On body through porcelain can you grind the bottom and get a nice finish? I ask cause I love to use my floor tile for shelves in my shower niche but the bottom would look ugly. I thought of bonding two pieces together but the tile is 3/8 thick and two together is just to thick.

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Unread 10-16-2009, 04:56 PM   #9
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some put two bullnose together for that look.
I personally dont like the thickness and the grout line in the middle.

I just did a through body corner shelf, cut a triangle, bullnosed the front edge and set it lower in the wall as a shelf so you dont see the bottom.
owners loved it.

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Unread 10-16-2009, 08:16 PM   #10
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Another way to go is use a piece of contrasting natural stone for your shelf(s).

I posted one awhile back in the "Works in Progress" thread. Here's a pic of the niche.
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