Slate stone edges refer to the borders put on the rims of various slate stone products. Slate edges are used to enhance the appearance of the ceiling, flooring or any other exterior or interior looks. Slate edges can be chamfered or bevelled. Classic slate edge detailing can be done on a honed, eased edge. Slate stone edges help taking off the sharpness taken at the top and bottom. Different edge profiles suit different kinds of slates stylistically, from a performance point of view. Each edge profile is available with different types of finishes and textures.
Different Slate Edges
Slate Edges Classification
Edges may be classified under the following heads on the basis of techniques used to make them:
- Chamfered Slate Edges
Edges may be chamfered or beveled by using the process of Chamfering, which is a simple process in which a polishing brick is run at an angle of 45 °. Chamfering removes whiteness and chipped edges. Joints of chamfered edges are easier to clean (e.g. kitchen platforms).
- Machine Cut/Sawn Edges
Ensuring standardized sizes and designs, the machine cut or machine sawn edges are the most popular and economically priced edges. Made by using hot rolling cutter blade, the machines sawn edges are very smooth and make the tiles or slabs to fit perfectly.
- Hand Chiseled/Hand Dressed Slate Edges
Finding immense usage in exterior walls and pavements, the slate tiles with hand chiseled edges are as smooth as the natural surface finish. Professionally worked to achieve the required smoothness, these edges are in high demand.
How to do Slate Edge Polishing?
To do the slate stone edging you need a polishing kit having rough to soft pad. Start the slate edging with the roughest pad having 4 inch hand held grinder. The finer pads are used for polishing not for giving the shape to slate edge.
Slate Stone Edge
Now set the speed of the hand held grinder to a low setting and very softly apply this on the edge of the slate stone. You can disfigure it by applying excessive pressure. Type of curve in the slate edge can be obtained by applying slight pressure at varied angles. For a completely rounded edges you need more pressure and more passes.
After making the edges polish the slate edges with fine polishing pads. The slate edge will have more sheen if the softer side of the pad is used. For rough look use only rough side of the pad.
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