How to Profile and Polish Granite Edges

  • 4-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 75-200
What You'll Need
Belt sander
Various grits of sandpaper (40 to 600)
Buffing compound

When installing granite countertops in your home, a necessary step that has to be accomplished is profiling and polishing the granite edges. The profile that you decide upon is solely up to you, but once you begin forming and polishing the edges, be sure to stick with the profile that you have chosen. Profiling and polishing granite edges takes some patience and requires attention to detail, but it is an easy task that most homeowners can accomplish without having to hire a professional.

Step 1: Sand with Rough Sandpaper

You begin smoothing and shaping the granite by sanding with the roughest sandpaper that you have, forming the profile as you work. Make sure to keep the sandpaper wet and use long, even strokes so you do not cause dimples or burns.

Step 2: Sand With Finer Sandpaper

Repeat the sanding process, using finer sandpaper as you go, until you use the finest that you have. Once again, make sure the you keep the sandpaper wet. This will allow you to completely smooth all the granite edges.

Step 3: Buff the Granite Edges

Finish polishing the granite edges with a power buffer and compound made for such applications. Continue this step until the edges of the granite are completely polished.