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Can Formica Be Applied Over Formica

January 26th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

In the thirty years that I’ve been making kitchen cabinets and counters, many people have asked; “can Formica be installed over Existing Formica?” The answer is yes. The process is usually very successful if the existing surface is in good shape. If there are a couple of loose areas, they can generally be re-glued before the new piece is adhered.

How does resurfacing kitchen cabinets with Formica work?

Step One-The area to be covered is measured and the new laminate is cut one inch oversize in both the width and length.

Step Two-The areas that will get the new laminate are cleaned with lacquer thinner. This is done in order to remove any grease build-up that has occurred through the years.

Step Three-The surface where the new plastic is to be applied is sanded with forty to eighty grit sand paper. This can be accomplished with a belt sander or a hand held sanding block.

Step Four-
The Formica is fitted to any crooked areas on the walls, ceilings or floors where the edges of the laminate will meet them.

Step Five-Plastic laminate glue is then applied to both the counter or Formica cabinet and the new plastic.

Step Six-The two surfaces are then pressed and rolled together. Once a piece is adhered there is no moving it around.

Step Seven-The overhanging laminate is trimmed off with a high-speed router.

Step Eight-The newly installed Formica is cleaned with lacquer thinner in order to remove any contact glue.

Usually Formica can be applied over Formica on an average size set of kitchen counters in one and a half days.

There is about five hours of preparation work that needs to be done prior to adhering the new surface. Included in the preparation time are measuring, choosing laminate, getting all of the materials and pre-cutting the plastic.

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