You're now ready to install your countertop edging, Now that you've finished up on installing your kitchen counter tile. V Caps, bullnose tiles, and wood work very well as countertop edging.
V caps are ceramic tiles that are shaped like a V. They cover the front edge of the countertop, and extend an inch or two onto the surface.
V Caps allow you to finish off almost any tiling job 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 countertop base.
A bullnose tile is just like a standard 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.
Using wood molding as a countertop edging is the easiest way to finish off the edge of your kitchen counter tile.
If you are using V caps for your countertop edging, first spread thinset on the edge of the countertop. then back butter the inside bottom edge of your v cap tile. Embed the v cap in 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.
Some V caps may come with corner tiles. For others you may have to make your corners by using your miter box to cut the mating tiles at 45 degree.
Using wood molding as a countertop edging is the easiest way to finish off the edge of your kitchen counter tile. To install your wood molding, simply lay your countertop tile flush against the edge of your countertop base.
After you have grouted your kitchen counter tile and given it a chance to cure, install the wood molding 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 molding and touch it up after installing if needed. Miter the corners of your wood molding by cutting matching 45 degree angles on each side.
Install your wood molding using 6d finish nails, then caulk the joints between your kitchen counter tile and the wood edging. Be sure to use a caulk that matches your grout.
A bullnose tile is just like a 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.
To begin your bullnose edging installation, you would first cut the bullnose tiles to fit the width of the edge of countertop. Starting at the inside corner, and keeping the bullnose tiles flush with the top of the cement backerboard on the countertop surface.
Whenever a tile edge will be exposed it should be finished off with a bullnose edge. You can use a grinder to edge the tiles yourself.
First select the grinding disk that will work best for your type of tile. Place your tile on a stable surface. You may even want to clamp the tile down. install the roughest recommended disk for your tile into the grinder. For example for a hard slate tile a diamond cutting blade would be best.
Turn your grinder on, and hold the disk at a 45 degree angle to the corner of the tile. Using gentle pressure, set the blade on the far side of the tile and pull it toward you. To create a slightly rounded edge it will take about four passes or so.
Now you will switch your coarse disk to a slightly less coarse disk and repeat the process. Switch your disk again this time to the smoothest disk and repeat the process again.
A Batten board will help you to keep your bullnose tiles in line. To make your batten board simply cut a strip of wood to the thickness of your front edge countertop tile.
Tack the batten board to the front of your countertop base, then install your bullnose countertop tile so it's front edge is flush with the front of the batten board.
then tile the top, starting with a row of bullnose tiles overlapping the exposed top edge of the edge tiles.
Congratulations on your new countertop edging
Give your thinset about 12 hours to cure then your ready for grouting your tiles