The key is predictability. Schluter Systems’ modified thin-set mortars have been specifically formulated to set and gain strength in a timeframe that fits typical installation practice, even when sandwiched between Schluter® membranes or boards and porcelain tile. The proportions of cement, water-retention agents, polymers, and other components in the mixtures were balanced to ensure that extended dry times are not required. This was validated through both laboratory and practical testing. Now, the installer can select from either unmodified or modified thin-set mortar to install tiles within our systems, according to his or her preference.
Schluter® profiles are available in a variety of different materials , so methods for cutting vary. Below are best practices for cutting according to material type.
Plastic profiles may be cut using Schluter®-SNIPS or similar. It is important to make sure the blade is sharp in order to ensure a clean cut.
One option for cutting aluminum profiles is to simply use a hacksaw. Look for a bimetal blade and select the highest teeth per inch, or TPI, available. A miter box is recommended to help ensure a straight cut. Aluminum profiles may also be cut using a variable-speed angle grinder with the Schluter-PROCUT-TSM cutting wheel. Set the angle grinder to the lowest speed. A clamp or cutting jig can be used to secure the profile and help ensure a straight, clean cut. Finally, aluminum profiles can also be cut using a chop saw or miter saw with a non-ferrous blade. After cutting, make sure to remove any burs with a file before installation.
The simplest option for cutting stainless steel is to use a variable-speed angle grinder with the Schluter-PROCUT-TSM cutting wheel. Set the angle grinder to the lowest speed. Another option for cutting stainless steel profiles is to use a band saw with a metal cutting blade. After cutting, make sure to remove any burs with a file before installation.
Please see the "Best Practices for Cutting Schluter®-Systems Profiles" Tips, Tricks, FAQ video for information.