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    Formica on Formica?

    My wife and I just purchased a vacation cabin in the NC mountains. The house is in really good shape overall including the kitchen cabinets, but the tops are bright teal in color. We want to change the the formica tops because of the color. Can you over lay formica on the existing formica? Seems to me that would not be a problem, but want some advice from you guys.

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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    Interesting question and I have no clue if possible. I'd suggest you call the Formica folks and ask for some technical advice. Let us know how you make out overall.
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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    You would likely need to key the surface first to ensure the new formica sticks.

    I don't see why that with some contact adhesive wouldn't work.

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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    You will need to sand the old mic and with 60 grit and remove ALL SHINY OLD SURFACE. THEN READ LAMINATE

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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    After years of trying to remove spots of contact adhesive from the finished laminated surfaces, I'm not even sure that sanding the slick surface is even necessary. That contact cement is sticky stuff (the flammable kind, anyway).

    On a kitchen countertop, process will be the sticking point. The sink will have to be removed and likely the whole counter top will have to be removed. There's the back splash to be considered also.

    Naturally on a roll-formed top with the integral backsplash, re-laminating will be a bit of a problem even if you can buy post-form thickness laminate. That stuff is glued to the substrate with heat and pressure.

    The shop-made self edged laminated counter top with a removable backsplash should be relatively easy to do.

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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    Quote Originally Posted by Darryl View Post
    My wife and I just purchased a vacation cabin in the NC mountains. The house is in really good shape overall including the kitchen cabinets, but the tops are bright teal in color. We want to change the the formica tops because of the color. Can you over lay formica on the existing formica? Seems to me that would not be a problem, but want some advice from you guys.
    You may want to try this....https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LB5EXC...ing=UTF8&psc=1 I have never used it but I heard it works pretty well, especially for a cabin.

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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    I haven't done it, yet, but am very close. Have the new laminate, cement, and rollers, just need to find the time. It is definitely possible, but as someone else mentioned, if you have the heat-formed/rolled style, I imagine it would be more difficult. Luckily, ours are the simple squared/filed edge style. We opted to re-laminate instead of replacing, mainly due to cost, as I have less than $200 in everything. We plan to turn this house into a rental after the lady finishes nursing school. Because of that, we are trying to limit the amount we put in, while still making it a bit more "modern" for our future tenants.

    Next, after the laminate countertops, I will rip of the carpet and replace with some nicer laminate flooring.

    Edit: This is the product I got, two sheets. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Formica-Bra...eet/1000069847

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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    Yes you can.

    You don't need to sand it.

    I recommend using only Weldwood in the red can. Do not use the waterbased stuff.

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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    I agree with RWE. The contact adhesive usually used (little more than rubber cement in my opinion) doesn't care. It will stick to (unsanded) formica about as well as anything else.
    No job is worth doing unless you can get a new tool out of it.

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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    Will it stick to waxed, greasy or old contaminated surfaces?

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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    I am the nay sayer here. Having made a lot of laminate tops and relaminating a good many I say rough the surface up. 80 grit on a RO sander then clean thoroughly befor re-laminating. It gives the glue some tooth. counter tops are subject to all kinds of hot and cold things. heat will cause the glue to let go of smooth surfaces on occasion. I assume you only want to do this once?
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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    The contact cements I am familiar with don't need tooth. I've even stuck down sheet steel to substrates with it. What you do need is clean (yes I'd get rid of the grease and wax first, whether you want to do that mechanically or chemically is up to you). Make sure you use enough glue and that you apply sufficient pressure.
    No job is worth doing unless you can get a new tool out of it.

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    Re: Formica on Formica?

    Sand first, there may be wax on the old formica.
    If these were my formica tops, there would be several coats of wax.
    I wax just about every year.
    As for removing the glue from the exposed surface, I have never seen a glue that lacquer thinner wouldn't remove from formica.

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