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Finding Discontinued Formica or Plastic Laminate

January 19th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

It is often frustrating finding out that your Formica color has been discontinued. Plastic laminate (or, “mica”) colors and patterns change as new fads replace old outdated styles. If your cabinetmaker is having difficulty finding your color don’t get discouraged too quickly. It’s been my experience that there are at least four major laminate suppliers that should be checked with before discounting the possibility of finding an unavailable Formica color.

Plastic laminate suppliers to check when looking for an outdated Formica color

Here is a quick list of plastic laminate suppliers that we use regularly in the Florida area. Check out all of these companies when looking for an outdated Formica color. These businesses set the industry standards and are the largest Formic supply companies for distribution in the United States.

Forimca Corporation
Wilsonart International
Nevamar Decorative Surfaces

  • Tip: All of the above laminate suppliers have colors displayed on their websites. You can also order sample chains by contacting them by phone.

How to find discontinued mica

Don’t give up hope until you have actually contacted the company that you suspect may have discontinued the color. Here’s a tip explaining how to find discontinued laminate. Formica companies generally have many sheets still in stock even though the color has been discontinued. If you can meet with a very knowledgeable cabinet maker in your area that has been in the industry for a long time, who is familiar with plastic laminate, they may remember what the color name is and the mica suppliers name. In many instances, throughout my thirty years of being in the cabinetry industry, I have found sheets of discontinued mica this way.

What if I cannot find my mica color

If you are having trouble finding your mica color and you have a small area to recover on your Formica cabinets, it is possible to remove an existing piece of laminate from, the side of the base cabinet, next to the refrigerator. I have even peeled pieces from underneath the upper cabinets to get a piece of laminate that will work to make the repair with. Check out this article about “How to remove Formica from cabinets.” This is not something that should be tried unless you are very skilled at doing handyman projects. If you decide to hire someone to do the work save yourself a lot of headaches and pay a little extra to hire a cabinetry professional to do the laminate exchange. I say exchange because obviously you will have to replace the piece that you peel off with a new mica color.

In your search for finding mica that has been discontinued, it’s possible that a cabinet company who has been around for many years, in your area, may have a piece in stock. Most large manufactures have racks filled with Formica. Suppliers of plastic laminate, or cabinet manufacturing companies, are very helpful when you are searching for the color or pattern you need that seems to be outdated. Don’t give up until you’ve exhausted all of your options. Remodeling a kitchen or doing cabinet refacing is an expensive choice to make. It would be disappointing to discover that you could have found a piece if you had just taken the time to look for a replacement piece of discontinued laminate.

  1. John
    February 15th, 2011 at 17:57 | #1

    I have a customer who has bought new cabinets for her dental practice.
    She wants the new to match the old. There are 3 different
    colors/patterns on the existing cabinets. 2 of them are proving to be
    very difficult to match, and I’m unable to detach any existing cabinet
    pieces. I need some direction. Every place I’ve contacted so far can’t
    tell what I need, or they have been discontinued.

    Any suggestions?

  2. Tina
    March 31st, 2011 at 07:43 | #2

    Need a 4′ X 8′ Wilson Art Blue Hirado # 4105-60.

  3. Mac & Cathy
    September 8th, 2011 at 09:30 | #3

    I am looking for Formica pattern 86616 Tifarah (blue woodgrain) – I need a piece approx 36wide by 40 long.


  4. Bill
    September 16th, 2011 at 09:52 | #4

    I’m looking for at least one piece of Wilsonart Capisto Sand laminate flooring, 15 1/2 X 15 1/2. Thank you.

  5. January 30th, 2012 at 15:02 | #5

    I’m looking for discontinued formica Almond Dust #1817. I need a piece 30×48 or whatever I can get to add on to a kitchen. I tried calling the number for Scott but it doesn’t go through. Does any one have the number or know where I can locate some Almond Dust.

  6. Laura Pielow
    February 20th, 2012 at 09:48 | #6

    looking to match a countertop The pattern was discontinued in 2008 #658 Folkstone American Granite polished finish preferred but matte would work.

  7. Fred Marion
    March 13th, 2012 at 07:58 | #7

    Need a 2′ X 3′ Wilson Art Blue Hirado # 4105-60.

  8. Fred Marion
    March 13th, 2012 at 08:08 | #8

    Need a 2′ X 3′ Wilson Art Blue Hirado # 4105-60. You can reach me at 978-454-0794.

  9. June 28th, 2012 at 11:38 | #9

    Need a 4′ x 8′ Formica F5165-45 Punched Brass. Tel. 860.388.5815

  10. Elaine
    July 17th, 2012 at 10:59 | #10

    Looking for 1 sheet of Wilsonart 4509-45 or 60 Stratos to repair a countertop. Do you have a contractor that would have left over from a project or a sheet of this in your stock?

  11. Elaine
    July 17th, 2012 at 11:00 | #11

    Looking for 1 sheet of Wilsonart 4509-45 or 60 Stratos to repair a countertop. Do you have a contractor that would have left over from a project or a sheet of this in your stock?

  12. Brian
    October 31st, 2012 at 06:30 | #12

    Looking for 2 sheets of Formica Zebrawood F7748

  13. John
    August 29th, 2013 at 14:33 | #13

    I am looking for Wilsonart Verdigris laminate 4206-60

  14. Randy Brumm
    October 10th, 2013 at 15:13 | #14

    am in need of a discontinued Formica looks like a light African walnut with small chrome squares showing through one inch on center

  15. May 13th, 2014 at 14:56 | #15

    Looking for small piece of pionite AW151. Little rock

  16. Denise
    July 8th, 2014 at 14:32 | #16

    Looking for sheet of formica laminate called blue spa. 717-362-6757. Thanks!

    July 19th, 2014 at 02:55 | #17

    I am looking for discontinued laminates sheets in bulk quantity.

  18. cheryl cameron
    October 24th, 2014 at 07:15 | #18

    I’m looking for two 12 foot sheets of Wilsonart D481-60 ‘Tuscan Olive’.

  19. Mark
    January 21st, 2015 at 10:48 | #19

    Hello Folks!

    Looking For any size sheet of Ralph Wilson SKU# G347-HAG Formica (Blue)


  20. Michael Zambory
    September 9th, 2015 at 16:47 | #20

    looking for any size sheet of wilsonart Sanibel maple 7908-60

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