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We are looking to change counter tops, counter it self in very good condition,just looking/wanting to replace tops vice entire counter, local cabinet/counter says he does not recommend formica over formica but whole new counters with new formica or what have you yet I found couple web sites that more less say go for it . Welcome Comments / Inputs, Oh I AM NOT doing it my self ,just paying for it as per usual . AL
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Originally Posted by Al Sears View Post

We are looking to change counter tops, counter it self in very good condition,just looking/wanting to replace tops vice entire counter, local cabinet/counter says he does not recommend formica over formica but whole new counters with new formica or what have you yet I found couple web sites that more less say go for it . Welcome Comments / Inputs, Oh I AM NOT doing it my self ,just paying for it as per usual . AL

I wouldn't do that, tear out the old ones and put in new ones,
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I wouldn't do that, tear out the old ones and put in new ones,

exactly , you aren't saving enough money to
make it worth while !!
and formica over formica is trouble
post #4 of 10

  About a year after getting a new home in 1991 all the counters, cabinets, and vanitys had slabs of formica peeling. The red adhesive supplied by Wilsonart was bad and they made good on a national level. For just a kitchen counter perhaps you could do the demo and upgrade with the money saved.

post #5 of 10
The existing counter top needs to be "like new" no soft spots, dips, humps etc. I did it once, sanded the existing formica with 100 grit and used the solvent based cement. The one I did was simple straight runs, no splices. Splices/seams and bullnoses, is where I would where I would jump off and have a new top fabbed.

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post #6 of 10
Ditto on taking them out and like derf said it leads to nothing but problems.
post #7 of 10
Yep...what they said. I tried laminate over laminate in my girlfriends kitchen..all straight runs, and the stuff started lifting after 6 months. Ended up building new ones after all. Go new. You'll be glad you did.
post #8 of 10
I did Formica over Formica on my mom's kitchen and it lasted for more than15 years without any problems at all.

---First you have to clean the existing Formica with a strong cleanser to take off all the dirt and grease.
----Then sand the gloss off the entire surface with 100 grit paper.
---After that wipe the whole thing down with lacquer thinner.
---Then use contact cement and glue it down.

I've done this on at least a dozen jobs and it never peeled. The most important thing is the sanding.
post #9 of 10

Replace everything with new.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for replies, showed the wife the response, so she said, well let's just forget the Counter top, I would like a New front door with that etched glass panels on each side. SOB after 49 years I still have no idea what the next day hold's, between her and the cat I dont stand a chance, neither one pay"s any attention to me,both just do as they damm well please , now I know why i liked those long deployments to Western Pacific .


Thanks for input's Al
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