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Forum topic by mikky posted 03-18-2013 02:02 AM 834 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2013 02:02 AM

i have a formica counter top that is pretty worn

i want to lay new laminate right over top of the old

what are the pros & cons on doing this ???

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 02:08 AM

As long as the old laminate is still well-adhered to the substrate there shouldn’t be any problem.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 02:09 AM

If the existing laminate is still solidly glued and there are no holes or missing chunks of laminate, laying new laminate is possible (though not the best solution).

You’ll need to scuff the surface significantly. I’ve used a belt sander. Then glue the new laminate just like you would normally.

You run a risk of bad adhesion. Sanding the old laminate can be tricky to keep a smooth enough surface.

Have you considered building all new tops? It’s really not that difficult and not a lot more expensive that what you’re considering.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 09:24 AM

I thought this website would be of help

On that website is a brilliant series of laminate instructional sheets which are free to download. There is one amongst them that explains how to bond new laminate onto old.

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 01:46 PM

I have always belt sanded then applied two coats of contact cement, never had a problem.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 01:50 PM

I’ve never had much issue stripping old laminate, especially if the substrate is particle board. It usually just takes a putty knife. That’s what I’d do.

-- jay,

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