I have 1/4" granite tiles that are going on a 4' x 6' island. I'd like to use 2" strips of these tiles for the edge, too. The edges of the countertop tiles need to be rounded and then polished, so they can overlap the edges.
I'm a good tiler but have never polished edges. What is involved in terms of equipment, skills, learning time, etc.? I may have a need to do more of these in the future. Is it worth my while to buy the equipment and learn to do it, or should I just pay the approximately $1.00 per inch that I have been quoted?
Also, visually, I'm trying to make these tiles look as close to a slab as possible (the slab in this pattern cost $11,000, so we went with very similar tiles). Do I stick with 12" x 12" tiles as much as possible on the top, or do I cut off a 2" strip for each edge tile and make it look like the pattern is continuous?
(Laminate and Solid Surface Forum)
From contributor F:
To just polish out that edge you'd need a variable speed grinder, a 4" hookit backup pad along with a set of 4" polishing pads. Wet pads would be preferred but you could also use pads made to be used dry. With the wet pads you'd simply need a spray bottle of water to keep them moist as you polished the edge.