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DIY Polishing Engineered Stone Tiles

Discussion in 'Tile Cleaning & Restoration' started by DJDJDJDJ, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. DJDJDJDJ

    DJDJDJDJ New Contributor

    Hello Everyone,

    I am just a home owner DIY enthusiast. I am getting tiles installed at my home. We are using Gulf Stone Quartz Stardust Black Opal Tile (like this: http://www.crowntiles.co.uk/60x30-quartz-stardust-black-opal.html). I would like to cut small squares of this tile and use them as drink coasters.

    Could someone please let me know if I can polish the sides of these tiles so that they are shiny and smooth like the top? For bottoms, I plan to attach felt.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Joe @ Hillhead Tiling

    Joe @ Hillhead Tiling Awesome Contributor

    For sure you could polish the sides
     
  3. DJDJDJDJ

    DJDJDJDJ New Contributor

    Thank you Joe. Would you mind letting me know how do I polish them?
     
  4. Joe @ Hillhead Tiling

    Joe @ Hillhead Tiling Awesome Contributor

    It says natural stone Quartz, have you a sample?
    I'd say these are resin type tiles.
    Are you laying these yourself?
    Either way not easy cut without professional equipment.
    A hand polisher with diamond pads of various grits would polish the edges easily.
    Try http://www.atsdiamondtools.co.uk/
     
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  5. DavidCarr

    DavidCarr Tiling Forum Admin Staff Member

    You're correct @Joe @ Hillhead Tiling they are a resin blend.

    @DJDJDJDJ you should be able to wet polish the edges quite successfully.
     
  6. DJDJDJDJ

    DJDJDJDJ New Contributor

    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, these are engineered tiles.
    No, I am not laying them. I have someone doing that work. However, I wanted to create small drink coasters but wanted to polish the sides. Is it simply sanding them with different grit diamond pad or I need some polishing compound as well?

    Regards.
     
  7. Joe @ Hillhead Tiling

    Joe @ Hillhead Tiling Awesome Contributor

    A good set of polishing discs should do ok,
    A hand polisher with the discs on it then , I use a Makita hand polisher.
    A powder might work ok at finish buy I'd say you be fine with discs.
    Wet cut the coasters too
     
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