By far the most preferred tool in the trade to cut glass tile, the wet saw will leave your glass tile with smooth, clean edges and takes minimal effort on your part. This tool, perfect for cutting a variety of tiles, is portable and is defined by its mounted table, circular blade, water pump and hose. The hose provides an even flow of water over the saw to minimize the threat of overheating and helps to create a friction-less cutting experience for less damage.
Buying a wet saw outright can range from $100-$1000, but you always have the option of renting one at an hourly or daily rate from local hardware stores.
How To Cut Glass Tile With A Wet Saw
Before you eagerly dive into the cutting process, make sure to be prepared. Here’s what you’ll need to have an effective glass tile cutting session.
– Measuring Tape
– Washable Marker
– Rubber Gloves
– Damp Towel or Rag
- Mark Your Cut
Before you do anything else, make sure that you mark your cut. This simply means taking your washable marker and drawing a line marking where you are going to cut. It will help keep things to be a bit more precise.
It is imperative to use a washable marker since once you finish cutting, you’ll want to wash away the markings.
- Start The Machine
Now that you’ve marked your tile, you now want to prep your machine. Put on your rubber gloves and turn on the saw. Allow it to run for about 15 seconds so the water can begin to run over the saw.
- Begin To Cut
To begin cutting, make sure that you align the glass tile with the cutting guide (found on the saw). Applying light pressure, feed the tile into the machine, making sure to push away from you.
- Clean Up
he final step is the easiest – cleaning up! Make sure to wipe your tile of any dust residue from cutting and wash the marks off with a damp towel.
Note: Wet saw cutting proves to be the best method for tiling large areas since it’s a bit quicker and you get guaranteed straight lines on the first try.