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Unread 01-08-2020, 06:08 PM   #1
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Polishing Out Nicks In Schluter Metal Edge

So one of my guys nicked the Schluter metal edge around a shower niche we are doing. Replacing it would be a big and expensive undertaking. Anyone have luck polishing out marks/nicks, and if so how? It's the polished chrome finish. Thanks!
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Unread 01-08-2020, 09:00 PM   #2
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Oh, boy. Initially, that doesn’t sound so good. If it’s nicked, there’s physical damage. Is the chrome removed....or just scuffed?

Do you have a picture you could share?

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Unread 01-09-2020, 02:08 AM   #3
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If I'm not mistaken Schluter has 2 flavors of finish if we exclude stainless steel which is in fact, stainless steel. The ones that aren't powder coated to look kinda painted are anodized. Anodizing is a chemical dip finish that has little in common with electroplated finish such as chrome. Many finishes described as "chrome" really aren't.

I hate to say it, but I think anything you do to abrade it runs the risk of making things worse. If the ding has raised edges, I might carefully mask it and run a fine file to knock edge off, but if you hit the polished surface, it will surely show.

Picture might tell me different, but not holding my breath. You might mess around with a scrap to test results before going after installed stuff. I have also used a paint pen that's as close to chrome as anything I've seen. I think I have one and could get name and brand if needed.
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if your client was very budget-conscious, you could offer a steep discount of a couple hundred dollars or something for them to accept it. Some people really don't care about stuff like that, although it may bother you personally
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The perfectionist in me just couldn’t take it. I pulled it and replaced it. Costs me some but I can sleep better.


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Everybody makes mistakes. The pro finds a good way to deal with them. Nice work, Justin.
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