Installing Your Countertop Edging

You're now ready to install your countertop edging, Now that you've finished up on installing your kitchen counter tile. And V Caps, Bullnose tiles, and wood countertop trim all work very well for finishing off the job.




V caps are ceramic tiles' And the reason they're called V caps is evident. They're shaped like a V!
They cover the front edge of kitchen counter tops and extend an inch or two onto the surface.

V Caps allow you to quickly and easily finish off your countertop edging with professional looking results. The lower leg of the V cap countertop tile takes the place of having to cut a separate countertop tile to face the front edge of the kitchen countertop base.
Bullnose tile is just like your standard kitchen counter tile, but with a finished edge along one side. There are also bullnose tiles designed for corners of countertops. These have a finished edge on two sides.
Wood countertop trim is not only an attractive countertop trim but also the easiest to install.


Choosing Your Countertop Edging






Installing V Cap Edging To Your Kitchen Counter Tile

If you are using V caps as your countertop trim, You'll first need to mix up a small batch of Thinset tile adhesive

Spread the Thinset on the edge of the countertop. And then back butter the inside bottom edge of your V cap tile. And Embed it into the Thinset at the edge of your countertop.

V cap countertop tile often varies in size from your main countertop tile. If this is the case, center your v cap between the grout joints. And the slight difference in grout line sizes will not be apparent.


If your v cap countertop tile extends below the edge of your countertop base, use your finger behind the open gap, at the bottom edge to keep the grout in place.





Installing Wood Countrtop Trim As Your Kitchen Counter Tile Edging


Wood countertop trim is the easiest way to finish off the edge of your kitchen counter tile. To install it, simply lay your countertop tile flush against the edge of your countertop substrate.


After grouting your kitchen counter tile and giving it a chance to cure, install the wood countertop trim on the edge, so that it's flush with the top of your kitchen counter tile.


If you plan to paint, stain or coat your wood with polyurethane, you should do so before you install your wood countertop trim. You can alway's touch it up later if needed.

Miter the corners of your wood countertop trim by cutting matching 45-degree angles on each side.

Install your wood countertop trim with 6d finish nails, Be sure to countersink them into the wood and then caulk the joints between your kitchen counter tile and the wood edging. Be sure to use a caulk that matches your grout.





Installing Bullnose Tile Edging To Your Kitchen Counter Tile


A bullnose tile is just like a standard kitchen counter tile. But have a finished edge along one side. There are also bullnose tiles designed for corners of countertops. These have a finished edge on two sides.

To begin your bullnose edging installation, you would first measure and cut the bullnose tiles to fit the width of the edge of the countertop. To cut bullnose tiles use a wet saw.


Mix up a batch of Thinset tile adhesive. Spread Thinset on the backerboard and back butter the bullnose tiles as well, so they adhere properly.
Let the Thinset tile adhesive cure until it's just about ready to set up, And then install your top row of bullnose tiles.



Keep the bullnose tiles flush with the top of the cement backerboard on the countertop surface. Allow the Thinset to cure. Then back butter your front edge bullnose tiles with Thinset and if needed hold them in place with tape until the Thinset cures.





Installing Bullnose Tile Edging with a Batten Board

When tiling a countertop keeping your countertop tile and bullnose tiles in place can be a challenge. To keep them in line simply install a batten board.


If you're using Bullnose tile on the top edges of your kitchen countertop instead of V cap edging, you can make the job easier with a thin batten board on the edge of the plywood base.



Cut a strip of wood the thickness of the front bullnose edge tile. Attach it to the front of the plywood base of your tile underlayment and flush with the top of the substrate. Trowel on the Thinset tile adhesive and lay the bullnose tiles in place. Allow the Thinset to cure and then remove the batten board. Back butter your front edge bullnose tiles with Thinset and if needed hold them in place with tape until the Thinset cures.






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