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Re: [Shop-talk] Formica counter top

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Formica counter top
From: "Peter J. Thomas" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:46:05 -0500
On 11/25/2010 9:02 PM, Pat Horne wrote:
> Formica is usually put down with contact cement. Contact cement can be 
> released with lacquer thinner. If there is a loose spot around the 
> edge, squirt some lacquer thinner under it and let it sit for a few 
> minutes, then carefully work a putty knife under and see if it is 
> releasing at all. If so, continue applying lacquer thinner and lifting 
> the Formica until it all comes loose.
> Peace,
> Pat

Saw the guys on "Ask This Old House" use a clothes iron to release and 
reapply laminate.  The heat from the iron softens the cement and makes 
it tacky.  Pretty neat.  They fixed a damaged edge piece by scavenging a 
piece hidden by an appliance.  They scored both the damaged piece and 
the replacement path with a square and razor knife.  Heated them with 
the iron, snapping both off.  Then used the iron reapply the patch.  
With patience you could remove all the laminate.

Peter T.
> Thusly spake Brian Kennedy, On 11/25/2010 11:51 AM:
>> We have a cottage with an old formica counter top we'd like to 
>> replace. We'd
>> like to replace it, but we can't find any brackets. It looks like 
>> it's the top
>> has been glued to the cabinet tops? Any ideas on how to replace? Can 
>> we just
>> cover the old formica? It's still pretty solid after probably over 30 
>> years?
>> Brian K.
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