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    1. Applying to an inside corner
    2. Around the dishwasher
    3. Cold bending
    4. Easy way to set edge height
    5. Getting a gloss finish on the solid surface element
    6. Keep from scratching the laminate when filing
    7. Wall impedes routing


1. Applying to an inside corner

Here's a trick to use when applying Gem-Loc to a countertop with an inside corner. Instead of filing out the inside radius left by the router, use a file to round off the back side of the edge. With a little practice, this process will become just as easy and you will notice better results than with the traditional method.

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2. Around the dishwasher

To help prevent damage to your Gem-Loc edge when installing around the dishwasher, simply apply a bead of silicone sealant to the edge of the dishwasher mounting board, then press the board into the backside of the edge. Next, strike the excess silicone with your finger to create a waterproof seal.

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3. Cold bending

Gem-Loc can be cold bent, but only in the Flat-Back style and when using acrylic solid surface, such as Corian® or Gibraltar®. The counter must also be an absolute radius, free of any bumps or flat spots. The FB style of edge can be successfully bent to a 18" radius.

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4. Easy way to set edge height

An easy way to find the approximate height to overlap Gem-Loc is to use a piece of masking tape. Put a piece of tape on the countertop deck right in front of the edge. The solid surface element should protrude approx .005-.007 of an inch, or 1 layer of tape, above decking.

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5. Getting a gloss finish on the solid surface element

The Gem-Loc corner element comes in a standard matte finish. If a higher sheen is desired, 00 steel wool quickly brings out a high gloss. This technique can also easily remove small scratches in the solid surfacing.

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6. Keep from scratching the laminate when filing

One way to keep your laminate scratch free during the filing process of Gem-Loc is to use a few wraps of masking tape on the end of the file that will be moving against the countertop. This will make it safe and easy to file your Gem-Loc flush with the countertop decking.

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7. Wall impedes routing

When routing, a wall or obstacle can stop your router short, leaving an unrouted section in the deck. To get around this, simply shave off the excess tounge on the TG style Gem-Loc with a razor knife.

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