The addition of a new countertop can provide your kitchen with a facelift. If you have existing laminate countertops in your kitchen, you may be able to apply new laminate right on top of the old to give the kitchen an instant upgrade, if the old laminate is in good condition.
Things You'll Need
- Household detergent
- Dish cloth
- Masking tape
- Contact cement
Examine surface of old laminate. Do no proceed to Step 2 if you find air bubbles or areas in which the laminate no longer sticks. Remove old laminate before applying new laminate if this is the case. Use a trowel to pry under edge of laminate surface and a spray bottle to squirt a laquer thinner underneath. Continue to wedge the trowel under the laminate surface and pull laminate with your hands until removed.
Clean the old laminate surface. Use warm water with a greas- cutting detergent. Dry thoroughly with a dish cloth.
Roughen the old laminate surface with coarse sandpaper vigorously. This will help the new laminate to adhere to the old.
Apply contact cement to the surface of the old laminate as well as the backside of the new laminate. Press new laminate firmly on top of old laminate.
Use a fine-toothed jigsaw to cut off excess on edges. Place masking tape over the cut line to reduce jagged edges when cutting. Use a file to smooth out rough edges caused by the saw blade.
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