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Entire Process of How To Adhere Formica Laminate

Here are all of the steps:

  1. Cut the laminate about one inch oversize in both directions, length and width.
  2. Rough the surface of the cabinet or countertop that you are gluing the Formica laminate to with 40 grit sand paper.
  3. Apply contact glue to both surfaces and allow it to dry for about 15 minutes.
  4. Stick the two pieces together being careful to align them just right.
  5. Roll out the plastic laminate with a J-roller or you can use a block of wood and a hammer to apply the pressure that is needed.
  6. Apply wax or oil on the edge where the router bit will be spinning on the laminate if necessary.
  7. Route off the excess Formica.
  8. File the plastic laminate
  9. Clean the surface with lacquer thinner.

The process of gluing down Formica is the same whether you are laminating a cabinet, shelves, doors or countertops.

Important note: When applying plastic laminate to countertops, it is very important to always use flammable contact adhesive. If you use non-flammable contact glue, you risk the chance of the glue letting loose in the event you spill something very hot on the surface.

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