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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 08-13-2009 03:47 PM 1132 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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08-13-2009 03:47 PM

I didn’t want to hijack Hootr’s thread about veneer but, it reminded me of a job I have been putting off. I have an old counter converted to a shop bench. I want to remove the “formica” from the top. I did this once before and used a heat gun. WOW! talk about the need for elbow grease!! And time.
I’m thinking that the heat gun is still the best solution but, thought I’d as you guys for advice. Or, special techniques in using the gun and blade?

Gene

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton


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eastside

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#1 posted 08-13-2009 03:55 PM

Put some laquer thiner in a spray bottle, left one corner with a puddy knife and start spraying. It will come right off. Remember to shut off all pilot lights and open all windows.

-- Mike, Westport MA.

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#2 posted 08-13-2009 04:08 PM

ditto on the laquer thiner .
if you can stand it on end ,
it run down and that helps .
steady pull on the formica and let wonders work .
let dry and scrape good for next top ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 08-13-2009 04:30 PM

Thanks Mike and David. I’ll give it a try. I guess the heat gun and the lacquer thinner aren’t compatible…(grin)

David, the counter/bench is over 10’ long and full of drawers.

I plan on resurfacing it with some left over T&G bamboo flooring. Still a lot of scraping to do after removing the laminate!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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papadan

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#4 posted 08-13-2009 06:27 PM

Gene, why not sand a rough surface onto the laminate and epoxy the bamboo over it?

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#5 posted 08-13-2009 06:30 PM

Papadan is the man I’d go his way with this it beats the old elbow greeeeeese

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 08-13-2009 06:49 PM

Just a note. I carry a 12” old kitchen knife for pealing laminate for when I need to reuse it…for those rare times I fubar a top.

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#7 posted 08-13-2009 07:06 PM

Lacquer thinner works, unless it’s a water-based contact cement. That could make a big difference.—I think!

-- http://shepherdtoolandsupply.com/

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