Thermal finish on granite

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Woodland, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. Woodland

    Woodland LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 207

    I bought some granite treads for a job. The front is rock-faced, the top has a thermal finish and the sides are polished (probably just from being cut). Can I thermal finish the sides to match the top myself? I remember hearing someone talk about using a propane torch to accomplish this. Is it really something I should be attempting?
  2. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Posts: 1,891

    if you have never done it no! you use a rose bud torch and water. if it helps you can buy chisels and bits for hiltis that will do a close match.
  3. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,597

    has to be a real plumbers style acetalyne(sp?) torch with a rose bud tip.

    The sawn faces probably wont looked polished. I would say they have been polished afterward.
  4. 4Russl5

    4Russl5 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 160

    Go with acetylene. Absolutely do it yourself. Wear eye protection and long sleeves and gloves. Borrow a set of tanks for steel. Go fast enough to keep it popping. Have water on site so the stone doesn't get too hot and crack. On the other hand, if it won't be seen don't goof with it. If the top edge has the blade cut mark on it, soften it with a 'pitching' chisel.

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