How do I cut Glass Metro Tiles?
Welcome to our page on cutting Glass Metro Tiles. At Alec Buchan we understand that sometimes you would rather spend more on the ultimate kitchen or bathroom tiles and this may not leave much left to employ a professional tile fitter – don’t worry we will explain all here.
If you have fitted tiles before this will be quite easy – the tools and techniques are different but with a bit of practice you will be fine.
Unlike much thinner tiles a score & snap method is not advised – should you have to cut around any electrical sockets the tools below will be required anyway. The wet saw is the major investment so if you can borrow one from a friend or neighbour you are half way there but due to the QEP Vitrex Torque Master 450W motor this cutter chips the tiles much less than any other wet saw we have used.
The Glass Metro Tiles are 152x75x8 mm. The glass is clear and the colour is generated by the fired on backing. It is important to take care & protect the backing at all times, should the backing become damaged discard the tile (except at cut edges).
A slow and steady feed of the tile into the blade is the key to success, let the blade do the work – within a couple of practices you will be a pro!
Wet Saw £54.95
Glass Blade for Wet Saw £14.95
Diamond Hand Pad £20 (or various grades of sandpaper)
Measuring Tape £5
Total Tool Cost £95
By far the most important tool is a wet saw blade designed for glass.
Note the continuous cutting rim and super fine abrasive materials.
ALWAYS DULL A NEW GLASS BLADE BY CUTTING A SCRAP CERAMIC TILE FIRST.
Set up your wet saw and add the required amount of water. You may find it easier to have the wet saw elevated on a table or bench.
Slowly and smoothly guide the metro tile through the saw. Let the blade/disk do the work. If you push too hard the chipping to the top surface of the tile will become excessive.
Note the chipped edge and haze to the end of the tile, don’t worry this is normal. The white backing will also chip but this will be covered by the tile adhesive. Chipping to the bottom of the tile should be minimal. If large chips to the backing are apparent discard the tile.
Grab your diamond polishing pad or sandpaper block. Be careful not to damage the backing of the tile when polishing. Do not scratch the top surface of the tile when polishing. If the ends of the tile will be on show this can also be polished back to factory finish using a light grit sandpaper or wet & dry.
The end result after cutting & polishing. If you are hiding the cuts under a silicon joint or decorative moldings polishing can be minimal.
No problem with our frosted finish metro tiles also. Should you require exposed ends, when not using a decorative trim, a local glass cutter will cut the tiles for you leaving a factory.
Adhesive & Grout Recommendations
We recommend BAL max-flex fibre tile adhesive with a 3 mm grout width. Grouts are now available in a host of amazing colours. White grout (and adhesive) can be purchased at the same time as you tile order through Too Jazzy or call us to discuss colour grouts.