Replacing Formica on countertop
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LOML's best friend has a Formica counter-top she wants to resurface.  It's smaller than usual so she can't just replace it with one from the Borg.

How hard is it to remove Formica from a counter top?  I'd be glad to do it for her if it's not too difficult to strip the old off.

Anyone done it?
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  Re: Replacing Formica on countertop by Wild Turkey (LOML's best friend h...)
When I had a day job, we had a conference room full of tables to resurface. The laminate that was on them was an unacceptable color (!). Anyway, being a big company we hired it out. The pros chose to just glue the new stuff on top of the old. When I asked about it, they said they could remove the old laminate, but then the surface would be so rough with the contact cement that it would take forever to get it smooth enough for the replacement. It may have been they just wanted to get it over with, and still charge a huge fee....but that's something to consider. I'm pretty sure a heat gun will break the contact cement bond.
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Inject lacquer thinner between the formica and substrate???
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Done it a couple times, years and years ago. Clean the surface, rough it up with an orbital sander. Proceed. That was with the original (smelly) contact cement.

Obviously the existing surface must be well adhered.
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One of these days I will get around to mine... I am just going to Formica over the old.



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Sand the old formica and the glue new over it
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Glueing new over old doesn't work well over time.
Buy a new top, then cut it down to fit. Or just make a new one.
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(02-04-2021, 10:00 AM)Stwood_ Wrote: Glueing new over old doesn't work well over time.
Buy a new top, then cut it down to fit. Or just make a new one.

Sorry to disagree. I glued new over old in my house over 35 years ago. It held up great and was replaced only recently with one of the man made marble like materials.
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(02-04-2021, 10:28 AM)Willyou Wrote: Sorry to disagree. I glued new over old in my house over 35 years ago. It held up great and was replaced only recently with one of the man made marble like materials.

+1 on that...agree that the original needs to be well bonded or you will have wasted your time and $$$
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  Re: Replacing Formica on countertop by Wild Turkey (LOML's best friend h...)
(02-04-2021, 01:02 AM)Wild Turkey Wrote: LOML's best friend has a Formica counter-top she wants to resurface.  It's smaller than usual so she can't just replace it with one from the Borg.

How hard is it to remove Formica from a counter top?  I'd be glad to do it for her if it's not too difficult to strip the old off.

Anyone done it?

Does it have a formed edge?  I doubt you can replace the laminate then.   I've seen it removed by using a heat gun and a putty knife.
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