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Re: [Shop-talk] Formica counter top

To: "Brian Kennedy" <>, "Shop Talk 'shop-talk'"
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Formica counter top
From: "Eric J Russell" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 16:44:05 -0500
If there are no screws going up from underneath then it is likely it was 
built in place. The substrate might be glued, screwed or nailed down from 

If it is in good condition you can clean it well, sand it to remove gloss & 
provide some 'tooth' and glue on a new layer of plastic laminate (aka 
Formica which is a brand name). I would use solvent based contact cement (no 
smoking & lots of ventilation). For new counter tops I use water based 
contact cement but I'm not sure how well they will bond to the old counter 

Eric Russell
Mebane, NC
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Kennedy" <>
To: "Shop Talk 'shop-talk'" <>
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2010 12:51 PM
Subject: [Shop-talk] Formica counter top

> 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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